Sunday, September 25, 2022

 I'm thrilled to learn that these two will be included the upcoming exhibition "Thinning of the Veil," at Art Center East in Vernon, CT. This show intrigued me from the moment I saw the announcement, which invoked the words of Federico GarcĂ­a-Lorca, of arsenic lobster fame, to describe its theme of death, love, art, and the idea that the separation between the worlds of the living and the dead becomes more permeable at this time of year.

A middle-aged man looks back over his shoulder at a discarded tractor lurking in a patch of trees by a plowed field of stubble in late afternoon light.


scratchboard and pen on claybord

9" x 14"

Three women of different generations share a porch. The youngest swings from a pillar and looks into the picture at a river and city in the distance. Her mother, dressed in work clothes, is absorbed in hanging the laundry, while the grandmother, seated on the steps, looks out of the picture with a skeptical expression. A thundercloud looms in the background.

Three Women

oil on linen

40" x 46"

Arts Center East

709 Hartford Turnpike

Vernon, CT 06066

Oct 8 - Oct 30

Thurs - Sat 1PM - 5PM

Friday, September 2, 2022

4th Annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition

 These three pieces have been accepted for the 4th Annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Ware, MA.

Oil painting of overgrown field with red barn and silo among trees in middle distance.

Hickory Ridge Barn

Oil 6" x 8"

Oil painting of Provincetown MA with iconic Pilgrim Monument and water tank across choppy bay under cloudy sky.

Provincetown from Truro

Oil 6" x 8"

Oil painting of back of house in snow storm with snow blowing off roofs and forming intricate whirls and eddies.

Shed Roof

Oil 10" x 12"

4th Annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition


13 Church St.

Ware, MA 01082

Reception: Saturday, September 24th 1 to 4 pm.

Show Dates and Times:

September 24th to October 9th

Fridays,  4 to 7 pm

Saturday & Sundays, 1 to 4 pm.

29th Annual Piedmont Art Show

 These four pieces have been accepted for the 29th Annual Piedmont Art Show in Somers, CT. Rebecca Profile received a Merit Award.

Oil painting of small hill under gray sky with bright sunlight illuminating orange and green foliage. Trees and farm houses in foreground.

Little Tinker Hill, Autumn

Oil 14.5" X 21.5"

Oil painting of bare apple trees on hillside with misty woods and silhouetted mountain in background.

Apple Trees on Mount Pollux

Oil 10" x 12"

Oil painting of small rock breakwater extending from beach into calm water.

Truro Breakwater

Oil 6" x 8"

Pencil and gouache drawing of woman in profile wearing knit cap.

Rebecca Profile

Ink and white gouache on toned paper

9" x 9"

29th Annual Piedmont Art Show

600 Main St Somers, CT

Reception: Sept 18 1-3


Sept 22-23 12-4

Sept 24-25 10 -2

Sept 29-30 12-4

Oct 1-2 10-2

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A little foliage study from today's Van Horn Park walk. I'm working on a picture idea that includes foliage along a path, so I was doing field research.

Pen and ink 4" X 6"

Pen and ink sketch of foliage next to path. Light falls on the tangled leaves and branches in front of shadowy woods and tree trunk.


Friday, August 5, 2022

New Sketchbook

 Made a new Montanapolitan Croptic sketchbook. 

New homemade sketchbook with pages fanned out, next to old sketchbook open to watercolor of trees and icy pond.

Here are some of my faves from the old one, done January - July 2022.

Ink sketch of bulldozer in snow with dark trees in backgound.

Ink and white gouache sketch on toned paper of athletic backstop in snow against dark trees.

Ink on toned paper sketch of railroad crossing with signals, looking downhill at at church steeple, trees, and utility poles.

watercolor sketch of peninsula with yellowish grasses and cattails reflected in gray, semi-frozen pond.

Watercolor sketch of an orange metal wagon in warm sunlight. The wagon consists of a chassis with four rubber-tired wheels, a frame, and a wedge-shaped hopper. Green fields and trees in background.

watercolor sketch of waves and ripples lapping the sand, with intricate patterns of reflections and foam on the surface.

Ink sketch of breaking waves with choppy waves in background

Watercolor sketch of sunlit foliage overhanging still water. On the left is a dark recessed area contrasting with sharply defined green leaves and branches. In the foreground, orange deposits on the water's surface form intricate shapes.

Watercolor sketch of back porch with dark red trim, white and yellow furniture, and green foliage with raindrops outside.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

 Back Porch in the Rain

A little sketch in my Montanapolitancroptic sketchook, painted across the gutter, taking advantage of its hidden stitching.

Watercolor, ink

4" x 9"

Watercolor sketch of back porch with dark red trim, white and yellow furniture, and green foliage with raindrops outside.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Black and White show

These three drawings have been accepted to Black & White, a juried exhibition hosted by Workshop 13 in Ware, MA.

ArtWorks Gallery
69 Main Street
Ware, MA.

In Person Exhibition from August 6th to 28th
Saturdays/Sundays 1 to 5 pm

Opening Reception Saturday August 3 3:00-5:00

Online Exhibition available Starting August 9th. Visit

Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night
This is a larger version of a sketch I did shortly after January 6, 2021. This image, from the last line of "Dover Beach", a poem by Matthew Arnold, has stuck with me ever since I was a child and my father quoted it as we drove by the oil refineries on the New Jersey Turnpike.

River Valley 
An imaginary person in an imaginary scene; make of it what you will. Perhaps she represents remembered love and peace, far from the battle.

Pencil drawing of young woman with short dark hair looking back over her shoulder. Behind and below is a river valley with a small city, bridge over river, and distant hills.

Heath Street Stop 
I used to live on the same MBTA line as the Boston VA Hospital, where veterans would travel by streetcar to get health care. Long after the battles are over and forgotten, the people that fought them still need help and support. A sacred obligation being flouted today by the politics of spite.

Pencil drawing of elderly bearded man with white cane being helped off of an old fashioned Boston trolley car.