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The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist’s Perspective

I was invited last week to speak at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and to discuss five Winslow Homer watercolors they are currently restoring. What I like about these presentations is that it affords a wonderful dialogue of different perspectives Continue reading

Last Weeks for Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin

It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin — a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th. Continue reading

A Behind the Scenes Look Into Putting an Exhibit Together: An Artist’s Perspective

Every year for the past thirty, I travel to Maine to paint during the summer where I have an annual exhibit of my paintings. It is different than, say, my New York exhibits, but the same amount of energy goes into the preparation. This year’s show, East Meets West, just opened at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. Continue reading

The First Expansive Sargent Watercolor Exhibition in Twenty Years: An Artist’s Perspective

It is not too late to see John Singer Sargent Watercolors, the first expansive exhibition of Sargent’s watercolors in twenty years, organized by The Brooklyn Museum, together with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on view at the Brooklyn Museum through July 28. Continue reading

Not to Be Missed: The Lobkowicz Collection in Prague

This year I returned to visit one of my early paintings commissioned by the Prince Lobkowicz family. It is a portrait of their daughter. Since the time that I painted … Continue reading

Gosling, Guns, and Gangsters

With the upcoming (Jan. 11) release of the all-star-cast film Gangster Squad, I spoke with author Paul Lieberman about the movie and his true-life book that inspired it. Paul had shared the stories and his research a couple of years ago when they first appeared in The Los Angeles Times, where he then was its New York-based culture writer. Paul also wrote the introduction to my book, Reflections. Continue reading

Surviving Sandy: When Art Lifts Spirits and Serves the Community

Three weeks ago, I went to the IFPDA/Print Fair in New York City, the largest international art fair focusing on printmaking. This was right after Sandy, and I had no electricity, heat, phone or Internet, but I knew the electricity north of 34th Street was working so I set out. Continue reading

Painting Outdoors: The Illusion of the Idyllic

As an art history major at Williams College, I worked closely with Lane Faison (one of the three legendary professors of the Williams Art Mafia) and took courses in the Art History Graduate Program at the Clark Art Institute. Continue reading

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Continue reading

An Artist’s Perspective: Arts Education, Schools and the Rewards of Stepping Into the Field

I have always been a staunch believer in the importance of the arts in education and the community, both at home and abroad. In the ’80s, I spent time at a college in Taiwan as a visiting lecturer on Western art, and more recently I led the art program at a summer camp in Croatia for children with Down’s Syndrome and related illnesses. Continue reading

Not to Be Missed Japanese Paintings at the National Gallery of Art

One of Japan’s most celebrated cultural treasures, “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings” by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through April 29. Continue reading

National Medal Awards at the White House

I recently attended the National Medal of Arts Awards at the White House. The National Medals are awarded by both The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Continue reading

A Different Look at the New American Wing Galleries: An Artist’s Perspective

I was fortunate to twice preview the new American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum before the opening. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the art up close and to speak with the curators and chairman about the art. Continue reading

The Real Celebration at the NEA Jazz Masters Awards

This is a memorable event, not only for the opportunity to hear, see and meet some of the living Jazz legends but, also to be part of the group as the Jazz Masters greet another. Continue reading

Art Basel Miami Beach Celebrates 10 Years: An Artist’s Perspective

Overwhelming might be the word to describe my visit to Art Basel Miami Beach and the satellite art fairs. Continue reading

Culture And Colors: An Autumn Sojourn To New England’s Small Museums

Late fall in New England offers some interesting exhibits for the cultural traveler and the last gasp leaf lookers. This fall I began in Maine where I have been painting and exhibiting for over 30 years. Continue reading

NASA Art/50 Years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Perspectives from a NASA Artist

I had a call from NASA to be their artist spokesperson for the opening of NASA Art/50 Years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Continue reading