Originally from Western Pennsylvania, I moved to the Boston area in 1980 to work in the architectural profession and to explore options for graduate school. A few years later I completed a Master of Architecture at MIT and continued on with my architectural career. Fast forward – after almost 40 years in architecture – the last 20+ years as one of the founding partners of MDS/MILLER DYER SPEARS in Boston – I decided to focus my energy on the fine arts – particularly painting.
Architecture is about conceiving and ‘building’ form. This approach is reflected in my painting as well. My main interest is in the role light and color play when used to define forms – be they human or city forms. A fair amount of my work includes the affect that water (both the Charles River and Boston Harbor) has on defining our urban landscape.
The collection of paintings in my recent show at the Newton Free Library Gallery reflects my interest in capturing the character of light in a variety of conditions. A series of four paintings called ‘Shadow Studies’ explores the beauty of tree shadows in a variety of seasons/lighting conditions. A second series, ‘Gray Light Studies’, captures the many colors of gray present in low lighting levels. The last group, ‘Sepia Studies’ represents my observations of people interacting with each other and the landscape. These paintings are monochromatic oil paintings – done in a series of washes.
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RECENT SHOW – LIGHT REFLECTIONS – Newton Free Library – October 4th -30th 2022
Solo show, Portraits People/Places, Newton Free Library 2019
Solo show, Human and Landscape Portraits in Watercolor, Newton Free Library
Solo show, Human and Landscape Portraits in Watercolor, Norumbega Gallery, Weston
Group Show, Urban Portraits, NewTV Gallery, Newton