The Sketchbook Project May 2013

The Sketchbook Project  May 2013
I participated in The Sketchbook Project through the Maryland Federation of Art. Book was completed and on display at the University of Maryland Art Gallery before going on to Brooklyn.

Monday, December 11, 2017

In March of 2017, I  was fortunate to have been selected as an artist in residence at the Wildacres Retreat Center, near Little Switzerland, NC.  I was in residence at Owl Lodge for a week in October, and it was glorious.  Time to paint and write. Great friends. Terrific food. Truly an amazing opportunity to be immersed in art.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sailors' Delight

Sailors' Delight is a sanded oil on linen, measuring 24"x36" © 2017  Currently available. Price on request.
It was inspired by the time of day that shrimpers must get out on the water, regardless for the most part, of weather conditions. To scrutinize the sky the evening before every launch has become a sort of semisuperstitious ritual, in spite of excellent weather forecasting. And so from the old rhyme...
Respectfully inserted from:
A practical nursery rhyme about the weather - "Red Sky at night"Practical origins for this English nursery rhyme are based on weather predictions and how a red sky at night would indicate fair weather on the following day. In England the words refer to a shepherd who would say that a red sky in the morning was suggesting inclement weather to follow. In America the words relate to a sailor. It should be remembered that there were no weather forecasts, as such, in days gone by and one had to make one's own weather predictions. Those with the most knowledge and experience, such as Sailors and Shepherds, whose lives were dependant on the weather and were fully conversant with changing weather patterns indicated by a "Red Sky at night".
The original origins of this Nursery Rhyme can be traced to the Bible: Matthew 16:2-32 - He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3 - And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Indian Summer  Oil 22x28  Price on request  Framed.  SOLD 2016
Just A Squall   Oil on Linen...SOLD  2015
Snow Fields  Mixed water media and Drawing  Framed  16x20  NFS
Headwaters  Mixed water media and Drawing  Framed  14.5"x25" POR
Oblivious  Oil 24 x 48 POR
Under The Bone Dark Hills  Oil 22x28 SOLD 2016
Glory in Chaos Mixed media  16 x20  SOLD 2015

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Environmental Arts Education Program at Evergreen Heritage Center and Foundation, Mt. Savage, MD.
I was recently named the director of this new program at Evergreen.  Since September 2012, I have conducted four workshops in oils at Evergreen, and have 3 more planned for August, Sept. and October 2013.  We will  be reaching out to area schools in the fall of 2013 and into 2014, and I will be conducting some teacher in-service activities as well.  I will be offering  future workshops combining creative writing and journaling about nature and the environment for children and adults. Stay tuned for details on upcoming workshops and registration information!
Updates since October...details and pictures will be added soon...
  • Accepted into Member juried show, Maryland Federation of Art, State Circle, Annapolis, MD.  Submitted: Random Seeds.
  • Published article and original photos in Journal of the Alleghenies - Of Flour and History -  A history of the Compton Mill, Salisbury, PA.  Photo also chosen for cover art.
  • The Broadside Project - in conjunction with the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing and the Frostburg Museum.  Participated in show with painting and original poetry.
  • Poetry Reading -  read aloud poetry published in 2013 Backbone Review at the Allegany Arts Council
  • Show:  One person show featuring 17 paintings, three accompanying poems and one print held at St. Francis By the Sea's Gallery, Salter Path, NC. June 6 through June 30.
  • Participated in The Sketchbook Project, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Public Library and the Maryland Federation of Art.  My book will be exhibited along with others at the College Park Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD from June 14 through August 2, before taking up permanent residence in Brooklyn.

Monday, January 28, 2013


CMP is part of our National Parks system, and in located on Rt. 77, Thurmont, MD.  Scroll back to earlier posts to see other information!  Life in Good Luck Lodge at the very peak of the park at Green Meadow was great!  The cabin was simple but well equipped for a comfortable 2 week residency.  The weather was awesome...fall in the mountains...what is better?  Showers of gold and russet,  morning mists and bright days...the very best scenario to foster creativity!

As part of the residency agreement, I was able to provide a 4 hour meet and greet the public, working on a new piece and speaking with park visitors.  I also did a lengthy presentation at Thumont High School's Art Department, concerning how to work from photographs when using natural themes in painting.

 Kids always make for great audiences!  Many questions, and several were brave enough to actually take my brush and work on my piece! Please note that faces are obscured in compliance with publication rules which govern the protection of children. 

EVERGREEN HERITAGE CENTER ARTS WORKSHOPS UPDATE...NEW FOR 2013!  I will be conducting a total of 6 workshops this year at Evergreen.  Here is an outline of the first 3!  We had such a great response back in the fall of 2012...we have decided to build the program!!  For more information on the work of Evergreen, please go to:    Evergreen is located on Trimble Road, Mt. Savage Maryland. Workshop participation is limited, so reserve a spot early! More information will be forthcoming!

The Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC), a scenic historical property in Allegany County, offers learning opportunities for both children and adults.  Last fall, the EHC Foundation successfully conducted a pilot of its new Environmental Arts program which offered participants the opportunity to attend a workshop conducted by local artist Maggie Pratt in which they learned about sunflowers, and created oil paintings of these beautiful plants. Several participants requested that we continue this program and offer a series of workshops in which both budding and experienced artists could learn more about our environment and capture their experiences on canvas, in sketchbooks, and/or in journals.  As a result, in 2013, the EHC Foundation is offering a series of Evergreen Artist Workshops.  The first of three spring workshops is The Trees of Evergreen (April 21).  This workshop will explore the heritage evergreens planted at the EHC over 100 years ago.  Participants will receive instruction on basic sketching, oil techniques, composition, etc. and then engage in a brief “walk and talk” during which they will learn the history and characteristics of these majestic trees and draw sketches that will augment photos provided by the instructor.  Participants will then have the opportunity to create oil paintings of their chosen subject(s).  The second spring workshop is Macro Nature (May 19).  This workshop will teach participants how to use small discoveries to make create larger abstract paintings.  Attending artists will have the opportunity to collect blossoms, leaves, stones, pinecones, and other nature treasures; to develop drawings of these elements; and then to create a painting expressing their discoveries.  The third spring workshop is The Evergreen Landscape (June 16).  This workshop will explore landscape painting, including its role in historical preservation, and the Hudson River School painters and their use of color.  Attending artists may then create a painting from a variety of photos of the Evergreen Heritage Center landscape.  All workshops will be conducted by artist Maggie Pratt.