Autumn is just approaching the Adirondacks, we’ve seen bits of color as the summer lives on for another few weeks, seemingly in name only! Cool nights, crisp days, soon the deciduous greens will be nothing but a memory.
This was painted a bit off the road in Keene Valley, NY. A blue heron came to call while I was working and stood watching me for a while, hidden in the foliage that was behind me
Wildflowers/Wilderness. 14 x 11 Pastel Available.
Painted during the 11th Annual Adirondack Plein Air Festival, this scene is from Split Rock Road. I was driving around that warm morning looking for a place that inspired me, and went to some of my usual haunts, but the light was wrong, and the sky was a cloudless seer azure, which worked perfectly with this! There were at least three painting possibilities where I stood, but the colors and form of the wildflowers won out. What a wonderful juxtaposition of complementary colors, and the dead tree in the background is so ornate in its decay.
Heron Marsh Moment. 14 x 11 Pastel. Available
Painted at the VIC in Paul Smith’s during the Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Those purple flowers are an August specialty here in the ADKs, and the marsh is aptly named. Blue herons cross the sky all the while, and the lily pads bloom and shimmer in the light.
A Moment in Time (Wadham NY) Historic Hydroelectric Power Plant. 20 x 16. Available
This delightful, quirky old building was painted in August 2019, just as the owners are getting ready to finish siding it and painting the roof. It’s owner said, “You caught it at a moment in time,” hence the title. In operation since 1904, it’s still producing clean electricity, while its owners are aware of the needs of the local fish, and shut it down when the water gets low.. Long may it run.
"Moonrise on the Ridge". 12 x 18 Pastel on Board. Available
The Sun Sets on the Farm: Norman Ridge Road 11 x 14 Oil on Board. Available
Summer Romance 10 x 8 Oil on board
Created during the Morristown, NY Plein Air Festival, this piece is from a field on the edge of town. Rife with early August wildflowers and beautiful tree groupings, the soft sky and summer field were too delightful not to paint. One of the artist’s favorite pieces of 2019.
The Old Cow Barn 8 x 6 Oil. Available
"As the Sunrise Vies With the Approaching Storm". 12 x 18. Available
It’s almost autumn in the Adirondacks, and the potato fields are pretty in pink. Meantime, the sky tries to steal the show.
"At the Wilmington Flume" 6 x 8. Oil on Board. Available
"Cooling Our Heels". 6 x 8. Oil. Available
"Where Sheep May Safely Graze" 8 x 10 oil Sold
Named for a Bach musical piece,
Early Snow, No Taxis. Pastel on Board, 14 x 11 PRIVATE COLLECTION
"Not Too Soaked, Rainy Evening in Prospect Park". Pastel on Board 14 x 11. PRIVATE COLLECTION
View of Long Island Sound from Stamford CT. Available 8 x 10 oil
Quiet Moment, Wiawaka House, Lake George, NY. 8 x 6 Oil on Board Available
Low Ceiling, Mirror Lake, Cobble Hill from High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid NY. Oil on Board 8 x 10 available
"Last Paddle" 9 x 12 Oil. Available
Spring Awakening in the Adirondacks. 16 x 12. oil. available
Shepherd 8 x 10 Available, New
Winter Surprise 10 x 8. Available.
Golden Tamaracks on Kurung Pond 20 x 24 Available at Gallery 46, Lake Placid, NY
When the deciduous trees are done with their autumn show, the coniferous golden tamaracks come out of the wings and brighten the early weeks of November. It’s quite spectacular and a real treat before the snow sets in. McKenzie Mountain is in the distance.
"New Pastures" . 20 x 24 . Available
Based on a farm in Keeseville, NY, this painting is a visual interpretation of Bach’s Cantatn No. 208, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” as part of a special gallery opening, “Musical Translations.”
Look to the Sky 12 x 24 . Available
Sunset, Canandaigua Lake, Naples, NY . available
Painted at the 2018 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival
"Pure Gold" 11 x 14 . Available
An upstate NY vineyard, in a family for 8 generations.
At the Cascades, Adirondacks 12 x 18 Available
Dog Days of August: Donnelly's Corners . 12 x 18 . Available
Osgood Pond, VIC Plein Air . 12 x 18 . Available
Irises Gone Wild II
Irises Gone Wild 18 x 12 . Available
The Last of Winter . 12 x 9 . Available
At the Au Sable Chasm 24 x 12 . Available
This was done during the Keeseville Plein Air festival.
Our Little Town 1st Place Winner . 16 x 20 SOLD
Broadway, in Saranac Lake NY
Rolling in Clover 18 x 12 Keeseville Plein Air Festival piece . SOLD
This pastel was done at the Keeseville Plein Air Festival in June of 2018. A depiction of Mace Chasm Farm, it was a rainy day as I painted out of the back of my car
Misty Mountain Dance 11 x 14. SOLD
Painted during the Adirondack Plein Air festival on an early summer morning as the fog lifted in the distance.
The Sky's the Limit . 11 x 14 SOLD
Sunset on Heron Marsh Pond 12 x 24 . Available
We Sweep Our Hands Off the Side of the Boat 12 x 12 Available
The Rise and Fall of the White Pine 12 x 9 available
Warming Trends, Fox Farm Road . 14 x 11
On the Train, Looking Out . 12 x 10 Available
Autumnal Approach 18 x 12 Available
Apple Orchard in the Rain . SOLD
Keeseville Plein Air Festival piece.
"Heron Marsh, September" 14 x 11 SOLD
Hemlock Lake, NYS . 12 x 24 . SOLD
On Fox Farm Road 14 x 11 SOLD
Adirondacks, Clouds on a June Morning 20 x 16 SOLD
I was mesmerized by clouds again, and the subtle ground colors in the first full week of summer.
Daybreak, Adirondacks 6 x 18 SOLD
Circadian Rhythm 20 x 16 SOLD
Autumn, First Flush 12 x 9 Pastel. SOLD
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Early Spring 26 x 21 Available
If you are able to eventually walk past the flowering cherry trees, and are not ensnared by the captivating scent and color of the lilacs, you'll come to a subtle place in the gardens. No frantic hive of lookers here, instead, Olmstead's long view of the garden, come to fruition.
"Heron Marsh, August" 6 x 18 SOLD
Serenity, Pastel on PastelBord Available 6 x 18
Norman Ridge, August Afternoon 11 x 14 . SOLD
The landowner let me drive my Outback into his field, affording me a slightly different view of the mountain range from Norman Ridge.
The wind always blows up there, and it's big sky country for the Adirondacks.
Down by the River 11 x 14 Available
On the Saranac River between Bloomingdale and Franklin Falls NY. A favorite fishing spot for brown trout!
The Fallen Log 12 x 24 Available
A ubiquitous part of the Adirondack landscape.
Gallery matted and framed.
Saranac River: Winter 12 x 24 SOLD
Whiteface from Little Cherry Creek Bog, Plein Air 12 x 12 Available
Presented in a gold plein air frame
Barnum Pond 6 x 8 Privately owned
Rock Hopping on Whiteface 12 x 24 Pastel SOLD
Presented in a gallery mat/frame combination.
"Split Rock Falls" 24 x 12 Available
Created during the Adirondack Plein Air Festvial, 2016. There are rain drop marks in the sky from the on site weather. I left them there for authenticity.
Matted, gallery framed. All archival materials.
"Riverwalk" Plein Air, Saranac Lake, NY 12 x 9, Available.
Presented in a gold, plein air frame. Gorgeous nuances of color with a hint of mystery.
Rob's Fishing Hole, Cascades, Adirondacks 24 x 12, Plein Air Available
Presented in a gold plein air frame.
"Adirondack August" Pastel on PastelMat 24" x 12" Sold
Matted with a white 8-ply archival mat, framed in a flat-front Canadian Walnut gallery frame. Simple and elegant, archival quality framing, UV museum grade acrylic (no breaking during shipping).
"Summer Evening on Lake Flower, 12 x 12 SOLD
"Franklin Falls Pond, Early Spring" 11 x 14 Pastel Available
Still Standing, Pastel on PastelBord 36 x 24 Available
The High Peaks region of New York State's six-million acre Adirondack Park have been a source of inspiration for generations of artists. From the sublime to the magnificent, it is a place where humans are able to live in anything from a tent to an historic Great Camp, in a town, or on a mountainside. Loons call, wolves howl, bear roam, bald eagles soar, while I paint in the woods or on a roadside.
The Enigma of Light Pastel on PastelBord 12 x 16 SOLD
Norman Ridge Road, in Vermontville, NY, is one of my favorite painting locations. The wide expanse of fields, barns, and widely-spaced homes is surrounded by mountain views, while the light show in the sky is always "on."
Lake Colby Sunset: Day is Done Pastel on PastelMat 8 x 10 SOLD
The third in a series of paintings from the progression of one night's sunset. Lake Colby, in Saranac Lake, NY is an area favorite for watching the close of day.
"Storm's Coming" Pastel on board 18 x 24
Afternoon storms sweeping across Norman Ridge.
Wilderness Pastel on Pastel Premier 12 x 16 Available.
"The Point" Pastel on Board, 8 x 10
It's close to spring in the Adirondacks-the first hint is the melting ice around the stump in the water.
Adirondack Camp View, Pastel on Paper Commissioned. Privately Owned
Hang the Moon Pastel on PastelBord 14 x 11 Available
Another Norman Ridge Road piece, this was done in late August, the hay bales ready for the bison herd's winter fodder.
Small Works, Rough Edges: Owl's Head 5 x 5 Framed and Matted Available
Leaves Will Fall, Pastel on Pastelbord 8 x 10. SOLD
The Saranac River elegantly winds through some flatlands that are often flooded in spring. In the autumn, the region is picturesque and aglow with color as the falling leaves are carried downstream.
Winter Pasture 20 x 24 Pastel on Paper Available
It's January in the North Country and the cattle are out to get some fresh air in the wan winter light. They love their bale of last summer's straw. On the road between Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake, NY. Framed in wood that compliments the color of the cattle.
Old Building on Depot Street Pastel on Paper 5 x 7 Available
Underpainted in watercolor, and finished in pastel, this small painting depicts what used to be an old lumber warehouse, long before Home Depot. Elegantly matted and framed.
Reflections from a Train Pastel on Paper 11 x 14 Available
Matted and framed, this is a favorite painting of a number of folks who've seen it. The Adirondack Scenic Railway, which may be history soon, chugs through this beautiful area in the summer months.
Under the Old Tree, Pastel on PastelBord 16 x 20 Available
This is a wonderful tree that sits on the edge of pastureland, again on Norman Ridge Road. It would be a great picnic tree.
Small Scenes: Quietude 4 x 4 Sold
Lake Colby Sunset: Yellow Reflections Pastel on PastelMat 8 x 10 Sold
The first in a series of paintings from one night's sunset.
Keene Barn, Last Spring, 12 x 24 Sold
The Keene Barn was a longstanding (literally) Adirondack favorite of photographers and artists. Sadly it was torn down in 2016.
This painting depicts it on a day in very early spring--its last spring.
Following is a poem I wrote about its being gone:
I am now no more than the sum of loss
Wrenched from where I stood, no rib left lying
To be bleached white by sun or drenched by rain
My absence a cave of stunned, bright loss to
You, who would pull at heartstrings using me
Now you’re bound to me in fond remembrance
You stand on the bank, a dune of smooth death,
And wait, hoping for some phosphorescent
Specter of me to curl and drift, to carve
An edge here, a rough spine there, filaments
Of fancy in the broad, cracked, emptiness
To fill your canvas or your page or lens
It rains, the ground is damp, the air is close
I, clever in my immortality
Catch you, sagging, on the lip of despair
As you view the broad expanse of field and
Mountains, devoid of me now, but for you
As you keep me in the rooms of your mind.
Spring Forward, Please! Pastel on PastelBord 16 x 12 Sold
Adirondack Camp View Pastel on Paper, 4 x 10 Privately Owned.
Old Pine 8 x 6 Pastel on UArt Sold
This old specimen keeps hanging on year after year, and outshines its younger forest companions with its grace and strength.