My first art classes were at the Tisbury School in the early 1950’s and more than thirty years later I took a drawing course at the Massachusetts College of Art, and loved it. I continued to draw something every day, for a year. Drawing still comes first for me and I generally have a sketchbook handy, making small sketches while riding the ferry, or around the docks in Vineyard Haven, where I grew up.
I began taking a variety of courses at the Worcester Art Museum, experimenting with various media and techniques. I repeated etching and printmaking several times, and bought an etching press. Etching was a logical combination of my drawing and my technical (teaching high school chemistry) interests. Monotypes, another printmaking process, allow looser, more spontaneous and more immediate results than etchings, woodcuts or linotypes.
After taking an oil painting class at the Worcester Art Museum – at that time my printmaking area was too cold to work in – I began working more in oils. I increasingly enjoy this medium, painting both real and imagined Island landscapes.
A few of years ago I participated in a workshop with Marjorie Mason and this got me working “en plein air” but the majority of my work is done in my studio at home. I have also participated in pastel workshops with Ellen McCluskey and other programs at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs.
I find making art a challenge, so I am pleased when I like the result, more pleased if my wife likes it, or if someone verifies the result with a purchase.
I exhibit at MVAA Old Sculpin Gallery at the town wharf in Edgartown, at the Gay Head Gallery in Aquinnah, at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, and at the Friends of Family Planning Memorial Day Art Show. I regularly donate to the fundraisers for causes and organizations that I support such as Hospice, Windemere, MV Shellfish Group and the Chicken Alley Art Show in August. A few examples of my work may be seen at Bert’s Barbershop in the Tisbury Marketplace, and a couple in the Permanent Collection of the MV Hospital.