Notes from an Artistic Journey

Medical Care in the Nursing Home on the Cover of JAGS

Medical Care in the Nursing Home on the Cover of JAGS

Over the years I photographed hundreds of older adults with the goal of challenging stereotypes while presenting a humanistic perspective of aging.  The new Ars Longa section is meant to showcase cultural and artistic approaches to aging and the care of older people, and I am glad to have my work published in this forum. 

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Sketching the Benin Bronzes at the Met

Sketching the Benin Bronzes at the Met

Standing silently while sketching in the empty gallery, it is difficult to imagine the majesty and meaning once held by these sculptures.  There is no better example of the mystery and power of art, and how it reflects on both the highest and lowest ideals of humanity. 

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Art, Medicine, and Inspiration

Art, Medicine, and Inspiration

When growing up our family doctor had a set of prints on the wall of his waiting room that depicted scenes from a doctor’s life.  As a child I climbed on a chair to study details which stirred the inspiration that governed my life’s direction to pursue both art and medicine. 

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Sketchbooks I Have Known and Loved

Sketchbooks I Have Known and Loved

When I first started sketching I was overwhelmed with sketchbook choices. I remember going into New York Central Art Supply and getting totally confused with the variety of books with different size, thickness, color of paper, binding, textures, recommended usage, and...

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A Summer of Art Exploration in Maine

A Summer of Art Exploration in Maine

The summer of 2015 was the first time I really set out to explore art and develop my skills in Maine.  I sketched and painted like crazy.  Spent days wandering the DownEast coastline towns such as Rockland, Camden, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Belfast, visiting...

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Video and Plein Air Setup for Painting Lowes Covered Bridge

Video and Plein Air Setup for Painting Lowes Covered Bridge

This post is for anyone interested in technical specs for video of my plein air painting of Guilford Covered Bridge. The camera is a Nikon Z6 mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro tripod with a tilt arm that can stretch over the painting, but needs counterweight so it doesnt tip over.  I used my camera bag loaded with river rocks for this purpose.

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