About ten years ago, I started studying painting with Linda Mitchell, a local painter whose work I admired. I wasn’t sure I’d like oil painting, but it turned out to be the perfect medium for me. It’s a wonderful break from writing and gives me a kind of instant gratification that writing books, with the long delay before publication, never does. Most of my paintings are small–just 8 x 10 or less–because I’m lucky to find just a few hours to paint and it’s nice to be able to actually finish something in the time I’ve got.
More than anything, I love to paint New York City. I try to take a painting trip there at least once a year. Some of my cityscapes are from other travels: to Europe, Mexico, and all over North America. I also do portraits of chickens (my own hens in particular!) and some still life.
If you’d like to know more about my approach to painting, here’s an interview on the Daily Paintworks blog.