O R I E N T A T I O N

In 2016 I was granted a yearlong artist residency at the William Steeple Davis home and studio in Orient, New York. I moved there in November when the air was getting crisp. 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 the bay from several windows in the house. I watched it obsessively 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, 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 passed 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.

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Light on the Bay 

oil on Gessoboard, 12" x 12" 

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Last Light on the Sound

oil on Gessoboard, 12" x 12"

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Tree by the Bay

 oil on Gessoboard 11" x 14"   

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...by the sea

 oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

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Bay Memories

oil on canvas 18" x 24"

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The Stories Come Out at Night

oil on board, 8" x 8"

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

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Bay Light, Late Fall, Orient

 oil on canvas 11" x 14"

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Bay Light, Late Fall, Orient

oil, 9" x 12"  

Collection of Oysterpond Historical Society

Bay, Winter Light, Orient  

oil, 9" x 12"  

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Channeling Rothko  

oil, 9" x 12"   

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