||I adopted pursuing excellence in art as a life goal in 1978. My focus has always been the landscape. When selecting a subject for a painting I try to find an unusual composition that conveys some sense of motion. Clouds. Water. Rocks that erode or fold or fault. Rocks that have fallen. Trees that explode with growth, twist, fall and decay. A landscape typically described as timeless and enduring I see as being a temporary state of a dynamic and fluctuating environment. I am trying to convey a sense of the physical structure of the landscape, both grand and quantum, in the choice of compositions and in the application of paint. I'm striving to see landscape as a model for the structure and changing state of our physical reality.
I enjoy the challenge of water. It is semi-transparent. It reflects, refracts and distorts. Things float on it, sink in it, grow in it and stick through it. One world above, one below, and one on the surface. When turbulent, those boundaries dissolve into an infinitly complex structure.
My interest in the landscape led to studying geology, physics and other natural sciences, including biology and forestry at UMass. I am fortunate to have been befriended and supported as an artist and illustrator by various faculty at UMass and Amherst College.
The artistic accomplishment of which I am most proud is the completion on the large Triassic landscape on permanent display at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Ct. It is the product of careful research and consultation with several leading scientists in the fields of Paleontology, Paleobotany, Geology, and Paleoecology. I later completed a 'companion' diorama painting of the Connecticut Valley region as it may have appeared in the early Jurassic for the Amherst College Museum of Natural History.
Though my landscapes lack a human element I enjoy working with people. I have painted numerous commissions. I get great satisfaction from illustration, from visualizing and making 'real' another person's ideas. Feel free to contact me for commissions.
Current Residence- Sunderland, Ma. 01375
B.A.- Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct- 1977
M.S.-University of Massachusetts, School of Natural Resources, Amherst, Ma.- 2001
Xi Sigma Pi, Forestry Honor Society, Full Membership, 2001
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Lyme, Ct., 1978
studio with Salvatore Grippi, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1979
studio with James Valerio, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1980
In The Late Triassic, 14'x 29' mural, Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Jurassic Morning, 8' by 14' mural, Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Amherst, Mass.
Paintings of the East Border Fault Basin, Triassic and Present, Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Amherst, Mass.
The Triassic, 5' x 10', Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass.
Waterscapes (2 person show), Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA 2015
30th Annual Almost Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2014
Alumni Art Exhibit, Westminster School, Simsbury, CT 2014
Confluence- New Members, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA 2014
Francesca Anderson 30th Anniversary Show, Framcesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
Through Rain, Snow and Nor'easters, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
29th Annual Near Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
28th Annual Near Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2012
Then and There, Landscapes (solo), Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2009
Guest Artist, Isle of Shoals Marine Biology Lab, Isle of Shoals, NH., 2006
15 Pioneer Valley Artists Celebrate University Heritage Trees, Exhibit and Calender, Student Union Art Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA. 2002
Art of the Heart Calendar, Published by ServiceNet, Northampton, MA. 2001
Group Exhibit, The Hart Gallery, Guild Art Center, Northampton, MA. 2001
Northampton Center for the Arts & Northampton City Hall, Northampton, MA. 1999
Landscapes, Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, CT., 1993
Days On Earth, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA., 1991
2 person show, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY., 1987
Big Places, Pratt Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst,MA., 1986
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Art League National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA.,1984, (Grumbacher Gold Medal)
Hall of Flowers, Haight Ashbury Artists Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. 1983
Gallery Endoge, Erotic Art Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. 1982
Published Illustrations include
Historic Deerfield, Landscape, Historic Deerfield Inc., Deerfield , MA., Autumn 2011,
Deerfield Magazine, River, Valley, Rock, Richard Little, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield MA., Spring 2011
Perspectives on Animal Behavior 3e, Goodenough, McGuire, Jakob, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ., 2009
Endocrinology, Vol 149, No.9, for Rolf Karlstrom, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 2008
Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories (http://1704.Deerfield.history.museum) & (http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/maps/landscapes.html) for the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. 2004
Great Day Trips in the Connecticut Valley of the Dinosaurs, for Brendan Hanrahan, Perry Heights Press, 2004
Functional Anatomy of Vertebrates, edition 3, for Liem, Bemis & Walker, Thomson/Brooks Cole, Belmont, Ca., 2001
Cell and Development Biology, Volume 13 No.6, for Rolf Karlstrom, University of Massachusetts, Mass., 2002
The Auk, Vol 119, No.4, for Andrea Ward, University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 2002
Apoptosis, cover illustration for Lawerence Schwartz, Academic Press, 2001
Exploring Franklin County, A Geology Guide, cover illustration for Richard Little, Earthview Press, 1989
assorted visualizations for The Roger Rulewich Golf Group, Bernardston, MA.
Maze artist, Mike's Maze at Warner Farm, Sunderland, MA. 2000-2014