More than four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson’s ship, the Half Moon, ran aground on a sand bar in the Delaware Bay. Stranded until the winds of a great thunderstorm freed the ship, what could have been a calamitous end to the voyage instead granted Hudson and his crew the first glimpse of the Cape May peninsula and brought about the discovery of Cape May. I've named my show Half Moon in honor of this historic event and my own personal discovery of Cape May.
Over the decades I have spent painting here, I too have occasionally "run aground" in my artistic pursuits. After constantly developing my ability to paint detail, I've instead shifted my focus to the power of color and the simplification of the subject, which has allowed me to capture scenes and people in the moment. Sometimes getting stuck on a sand bar can turn out to be a good thing!
The voice in my work may be low key, but the color shouts. For me, restraint is the defining element. In this beautiful place, inspiration is everywhere. When I'm attracted to a subject, I'm looking to make less of it not more so as to truly capture its essence. As I translate feelings to canvas, I allow the paint to take ahold of me, rather than trying to control the process. In this way, the moment is captured, and in the flow of the creative process, balance is created.