In 2016 I was granted a yearlong artist residency at the William Steeple Davis home and studio in Orient, on the north fork of Long Island, New York. I moved there in November when the air was getting crisp and the sunsets golden as the leaves.

It's a captivating place of color and light, surrounded by Long Island Sound on the north side and several bays to the south, with a sovereign sky dominating it all. I could see Orient Bay from several of the windows in the house. I watched it obsessively when I was there, starting in the early predawn light to the last sliver of color in the evening. Sometimes I painted what I saw, but often I stood before it, watching the shimmer and shadows from the rising or setting sun, consuming the beauty.


The sea and sky were all I could think about and that sacred horizon where they meet - a "thin place," where heaven and earth truly kiss. As the seasons came and went I absorbed the beauty and fragrance that surrounded me. I walked, biked, paddled, swam and wandered to wherever the wisdom of that place took me. It is now stored in my memory bank, especially the colors.


It was a year of learning to trust where I was placed, at a certain time in my life, and how to move from there.


Orientation, collage 12"x12"

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Light on the Bay, oil 12" x 12" SOLD


Last Light on the Sound, oil, 12"x12"   SOLD

Tree by the Bay, oil, 11"x14"   SOLD

...by the sea, oil, 11"x14"   SOLD

The Stories Come Out at Night, oil, 8"x8"

T H E   V E R T I C A LS: Homage to Rothko


Bay Light, Late Fall, Orient  oil, 11"x14"

Bay Light, Late Fall, Orient  oil, 9"x12"

Bay, Winter Light, Orient  oil, 9"x12"  SOLD

Channeling Rothko  oil, 9"x12"   SOLD

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