2017 Year in Review: My Top 12

This past year my studio has been busy, and it’s been a great year. Here’s my Top 12 photos to review the highlights of 2017 in my art studio.


This painting was created during the month of January, and it’s been one that people most often ask me about. This facebook post received many comments when I asked whether I should keep or leave certain drips as part of the process.




This month had been uncharacteristically warm. Inspired by 60F temperatures, I felt that spring was right around the corner, inspiring this painting of late spring blossom. However, the following week the temps plummeted back to seasonal freeze.




While March was a busy month as I prepared for the public gallery debut of my paintings in “Abstracted Rainy Moments,” the highlight of this month was working with my weekly crew of adult students in a local class I taught about Impressionism.




The opening to my solo exhibition of “Abstracted Rainy Moments” was so exciting! Instead of one photo, I’m cheating here by including a composite of some of the highlights from the evening. April was also full of other art and poetry events as part of the exhibition, including a poetry writing workshop and a poetry reading with the RI state poet laureate.




May contained the first ever Pop-Up Plein-ai Painting in Park Place Pawtucket, an outdoor art event co-organized with the Pawtucket Foundation and the Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Not Gallery. Artists were invited to paint in downtown Pawtucket’s Park Place. In the photo below, I’m giving a demonstration of my painting technique for the “Rainy Moments” series that was in the gallery.




The closing of my solo exhibition of “Abstracted Rainy Moments” gave way to publishing my first ever exhibition catalog of my art. These are still available to purchase!




My paintings had a nice stay during their show at The Olive Tap in Wayland Square, Providence.




I really enjoyed teaching a couple workshops at a contemporary art gallery on Aquidneck Island on pointillism and about understanding elements of abstract art. The workshop participants really did fantastic job with their own artwork! 19764554_1582834478455744_3660395137965490176_n.jpg



The highlight of my September was going on a family vacation to Big Sky, Montana. I brought along my plein air easel and a few panels and was able to get in a couple small sketches, before it snowed!




I was pleased to have two of my paintings accepted into the RI Open Juried Exhibition held at the Warwick Center for the Arts. 22070654_151320498799470_6805509447268433920_n.jpg



During this month I participated in several small works shows. Depicted here is my “Autumn Trio” of 12″x12″ oil paintings hung in Art Prov Gallery’s invitational small works show of “It’s The Little Things.” One of the paintings sold!




The the last month of 2017, I finished up a commission that will be given as a birthday present to his wife. I’m excited to work with the client on this project, and I can’t wait to find out how it will look in their home!