Sunday, January 29, 2017



Hi everybody.

And yes, I really dig the search (and the writing) by Liz Gilbert in her book, Eat, Pray, Love.
"Attraversiamo" is a word I learned from her.

One of my favorite daydreams is that I could cross over the salt marsh as gracefully as one of the many species of wading birds from herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills and wood storks to cranes and hawks that I frequently enjoy seeing there.

I love the spilt in the channels that run through the tundra of the spaces that have been left undeveloped. It's like a haven of redfish, shrimp and mullet spun into a maze of cordgrass and fishing birds.

This double painting is called a diptych for you who are not familiar with the term the art world gives it. They were small panels 11" x 14" each oil on canvas done in a very gestural painterly style, one I use when I want to give an overall feeling of the energy of nature in my brushwork.

This one is sold (even though it's two paintings it is considered one work). If you are looking to add to your art collection of coastal or wildlife art please visit me at you can also connect with me on LinkedIn you can make a comment below or contact me at please feel free I enjoy hearing from you!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nature's Design


Hi everybody. These are a brace of Striped Bass I caught on Long Island Sound. They were just posing for me for a second and then I let them go.

This was a soft, beautiful moment. It was near dusk. I had the moon rising on my left shoulder and the sun descending on my right. I cast near the riff of the eddy near the reeds on the opposite bank of the little sand bar and BAM! These guys like to hit that fly hard and then run. I always do a slow easy retrieve as to not injure them. I was using a Gray Ghost in case you were wondering

Are they not just the most handsome in their appearance? I remember reading a biography about Christian Dior. Part of his process in his designs was to take a vacation or a working sabbatical and just spend time in nature often with sketchbook in hand. Do you think he would have found a new kind of silvery shimmer here? Perhaps he would discover a new kind of pinstripe, herringbone pattern?

Nature fascinates me. It is the design and it is in the engineering and the connectedness. I love this planet!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Land Of The Loggerhead

Hi everybody. Welcome.

This is my watercolor study of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

We get our fair share of them on our shores as they come annually to nest here. They are exceptionally beautiful creatures in and out of the water. When I studied them I was surprised to find their are only 7 species of Sea Turtles on the planet. Most of them are classified as endangered. They are a fundamental link in the health of our marine ecosystem.

I hope you are fortunate and get to see one in the wild. Thank you for looking at my art today. is where you may see more of my Fine Art Coastal Journey. If you are in a related business like interior design or publishing reach out to me at I really enjoy meeting new people.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor.


Hi everybody.

My painting is titled "A Tender Moment In Larchmont Manor" it is oil on canvas 26" x 32" The Manor was a comforting refuge for me when I lived in New York.

This is an isolated cove called Horseshoe Harbor in NY. Founded in 1888 The Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club is still a place where you can find great camaraderie in sailing and the salt life in a relaxed community. This is one of the wooden launches that served as tenders of a pair that ferry members out to their moored boats.

Larchmont Manor is tucked into  Long Island Sound and offered beautiful views in all four seasons. Even in the deepest winter chill with ice glazing the generous allotment of rock and the gazebos covered in snow there was a special and breathtaking beauty to experience on a visit there.

Overseen and generously maintained by the elected trustees of property owners of Map 610 my hat goes off to you for your keeping this wonderful treasure intact and available for the public to enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Coastal Legacy


Hi everybody. This is a scene from Mayport Village in Mayport, Florida in the Jacksonville area. These boats and the fisherman are what remains of a bygone era when so much of life was engaged in the handmade, organic, fresh caught, grown livelihood whether it was the farm or the vast ocean. I miss it. There seem to be fewer of them each year.

When I need to catch a glimpse of it I head out to this little fishing village where there used to be lumber mills. You can get you some fresh caught shrimp too. I would call them Mayport shrimp as some do but it is difficult to label them as there are many varieties. I get mine from a wholesaler and they are as tasty, rich, wholesome and flawless as though I had reached into the sea and pulled them out one by one. Perfect.

My painting of it here is a 15" x 20" watercolor on board.

The boats themselves are beautiful. I imagine they have seen so many adventures, gorgeous waters, fed so many families and could tell you outstanding stories of their journeys were they to speak. I love the lines, the patina, the sea and geographic related names on the hulls. Whether under way or at rest they are works of art to me.

Here's what I do with the shrimp. I put them in water and heat until just before a boil. I take them out, cool them down in cold water. Then I take of the shells and clean them. I heat a little extra virgin olive oil with fresh sliced garlic on a warm temperature until you can smell the garlic throughout the kitchen. When the garlic and olive oil are hot I put the shrimp in with fresh cut basil and cook for no more than two minutes. I eat them with veggies or pasta or in a salad. The way I cook them ensures that you will have a mouthwatering tender flavorful and flavor- filled shrimp every time.

Bon appetit!

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Blossom Dearie.


Hi everybody. This is a hibiscus blossom. It is a flower that does extremely well here in Florida. I find something so elegant and exquisite in their form and color.

I have used elements of both refined realism, abstraction and the gestural mark in this piece along with a dynamic composition which I feel holds your interest.

The original is 24" x 24 " oil on canvas and was sold a few years ago.

I titled it Blossom Dearie, because, well, I like her music and her voice so delicate and lilting while rendering great jazz classics just makes me think of these flowers.

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