Before moving to Connecticut, I was expanding my still life images to include views out a window or an open door as a way to add dimension and build narrative. Then I experienced first hand the vaunted light of the Connecticut shoreline that entranced so many American impressionist painters. The sweep of sunlight across the marsh at day’s end, or a sun dappled woodland copse: I was lured into painting the landscape.

“Hush Before Evening” (40 x 60) to the right, depicts that magical time when shadows grow deep. Colors not seen during midday are illuminated in this golden light as the sun lowers. Stand on the edge of the pond and listen to the quiet. The veery sends out its final song and perhaps a few frogs call back and forth. Day’s end, a time to breath in nature’s lush beauty and mystery.

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