I'm thrilled and honored to receive an artist in residency at the Fire Island National Seashore this year: of all the opportunities I dreamed of in 2017, this is the one I wanted the most- and I can't wait to create work in such a uniquely beautiful place.
One of the main themes of my work is the relationship between place and feeling; I am looking forward to expanding this idea while working outside and exploring the natural setting. The ocean and sky will play a large role in setting the mood of the days, and I plan on interpreting the interaction of land, sky and water to reveal the character of the island. I'll be painting in all weather (though it should be pretty darned nice when I'm there) and plan on strapping my easel to a bicycle and setting up where ever I feel inspired. A big difference to my city confinement!
My work is centered around the idea that every place has unique qualities that manifest through its inhabitants, landscape and architecture, and creates special meaning for those who find themselves drawn there. The boardwalks, lighthouse, and natural setting are subjects I will work from to express qualities that characterize and draw people to Fire Island.
I plan to work outside to achieve as much painting from direct observation as possible, and use the evenings to go over sketches, touch up paintings and enjoy the quiet and solitude of being an artist-observer in the park. What an amazing privilege.
Not only will I be staying in the national park, I'll also be presenting my work and/or creating a workshop to share my experience and support the National Park Service. What a treasure this agency is; one of their best programs is supporting artists who gain immense benefit by working in nature and inspiring others through their experiences. Thank you Department of the Interior!