Every once in a while the big dogs come out to play and its a magnificent display of power. This was my challenge to try and convert this motion into the painting so the treatment of the clouds and the water had to make it happen.
Oil on Canvas - 40" x 30"
Minnetonka sails are all over the lake and the shapes of their sails against the blue sky and lake water have come to my canvas many times. My attempt to develop independent shapes throughout the painting prompted a virtual solid tone in the sky for a background.
Oil on canvas - 20" x 30"
This small square painting evolved from my interpretation of the sails gathering for position and the water taking on the reflection of the fall leaves that floated on the surface of the water.
Oil on canvas - 24" x 24"
Spinnakers out and transparent against an afternoon sky. This painting was to be painted.
Oil on Canvas - 32" x 22" - SOLD
The lake has held my attention for years. It’s there everyday as I move around the town of Wayzata. This large painting evolved from a vantage point off the La Fayette club grounds watching the race underway. The title comes from the sun reflecting off of the sails as they worked to catch the wind.
Oil on canvas - 36" x 46"
What caught my eye was the quantity of sails erupting all over the lake. With boats under full sail from the Excelsior, Minnetonka, and Wayzata yacht clubs participating, it was a sight. Along with this mass of movement, the evening sunset was doing it’s part to keep me focused on the painting unfolding as I followed them heading back to their club. Kind of reminded me of cattle knowing when it was time to head back to the barn
Oil on canvas - 32" x 40"
One day I hired a harbor boat to take me into the inlets and surrounding areas in search for some subject matter that depicted the recreation of the island of Nantucket. “Cat Boat Afternoon” was the result
Oil on canvas - 22" x 30"
This Galway Irish Hooker sailboat is a thing of beauty with its shades of red sails turned slightly by their time spent in the sun and weather contrasted with their black hulls. I stylized this rendition to take advantage of those variable red tones and their reflection in the water.
Oil on canvas - 30" x 30"
Galway, Ireland and the commercial fisherman of Ireland have used the red sailed fishing boats for years and when I got my first look at the red sails in the wind moving on the water I saw a version of my painting 'Afternoon Sail' only this time in Red.
Oil on canvas - 24" x 36" SOLD
Is an image that evolves every week on Minnetonka and always has the same effect on me. One of my favorites, it combines the key ingredients. The sailboats working against the back ground sky patterns and the grounding effect of the Wayzata beach colors frames the white sails.
Acrylic on canvas - 32" x 36" - SOLD
An afternoon of sailing on Minnetonka as seen from the vantage point of the well known pavilion attracted me to the contrasting arches and pillar designs of the structure along with the sun shadows again created the patterns and shapes that I always try to find in my paintings.
Oil on canvas - 16" x 20"
While tending to an art gallery on the island of Nantucket for a week in the summer of 2008, I was possessed with all the sky, water, sails in the wind and the charm of this paintable environment. The most popular hull design of the area was the cat boat with its colorful sails. This particular day I took a position on the water to paint the cats as they passed the Nantucket famous light house as they assembled for the start of the Rainbow Regata.
Oil on canvas - 32" x 32" SOLD
This combination of shapes and high color works like a water still life.
Oil on Canvas - 30" x 24"
Red sky in the morning sailors take warning, red sky at night sailors delight.
Oil on canvas - 32" x 46" SOLD
My good friend, Jerry Stebbins, renowned photographer and avid sailor provided this Minnetonka scene. The shapes caught my eye, which is always looking for the patterns in potential subject matter.
Oil on canvas - 26" x 30" - SOLD
While enjoying a cup of coffee on the benches that sit on lake avenue overlooking the lake of Minnetonka, I found it very interesting that very few towns like Wayzata have part of their landscape a constant movement on the water providing that special sight line
Oil on canvas - 24" x 30" SOLD
This small acrylic painting started as a sketch for a larger piece that followed. The perspective is obviously from a distance that led me to envision the white sharp contrast of the sails to the dark shoreline as white caps rolling in.
Oil on canvas - 18" x 24"
This painting is one of a series that I started painting in cape cod. It is my attempt, again, to make patterns part of a painting composition that is tightly painted in some areas and very loosely conceived in others. The trick was to make both approaches work together and not compete.
Acrylic on canvas - 38"x46"