Painting in North Carolina, 2000 – 2013
My early engagement with art is summarized in the About page. Between the time I graduated with an M.S. and started my “real” career, I didn’t do much painting, or writing, until my late 40’s. By then I was teaching in Asheville, North Carolina and had more time and flexibility to reconnect to myself. I no longer thought of myself as a “serious artist”, I just went back to my early love of landscapes and watercolors.
I discovered a deep love for the “almost nothing” nature of watercolor painting, the medium agrees with my spirit and the challenge keeps me humble. I mostly just wanted to try to capture my love of of nature, and, while I had some thoughts of making a living by selling my work, I never had enough time to become as skilled as I felt was necessary. I loved the mountain forests and creeks around Asheville, covered with rhododendron, azalea, and mountain laurel, lit up with a million wildflowers, mountains of North Carolina in spring (trillium, fire pinks, bloodroot, solomon’s seal, may apples, jack in the pulpit, .. ), and filled with the songs of the Carolina Wren, Towhees, and the Pileated Woodpecker. Most days I would along the trails of the North Carolina Arboretum, along Bent Creek, or into the Pisgah Wilderness, or up around Black Mountain, where I could pick 20 pounds of wild blueberries on a single August day.
Painting in England, 2013 – 2015
At 60, I retired and moved back to England with my then dear wife and still dear friend Constance. We settled in Durham. Even after the intense beauty of the American wilderness it was a delight for me to come back to the English landscape and the subtle colors and gentler weather that I grew up with. I continued to paint with watercolor and loved trying to capture the most simple things like a mud puddle, or hedge in the mist,and of course those wonderful English paths that lead you through fields and woods, by rivers and streams, over the hills, and beyond..
View my Gallery of Watercolor Paintings from England (Durham, Tyneside, Northumberland, and Derbyshire).
Painting in Scotland, 2019 – present
View my Gallery of Paintings from the Isle of Bute, Scotland