Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Card from Walters Falls

now that winter seems to be here to stay
having finished shovelling and blowing the lane
I sat down  to look at a painting outside
it reminded me of ice fishing

Friday, December 20, 2013


among the snow bombs
deer in evidence 
close to the house
an open spring 
a distillation
of recollection
of imagination
in transition
cross fade

a number of paintings 
in their interaction describe
a place in perception wherein
the peripheral of vision 
different realms  
at right angles 

as the earths crust 
ignites in the 
change of state 
from solid to lava
molten shell cools around
solid surface remnant
and RNA 
in prion form
like a 

message in a bottle

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Video: Kenny Baldwin at Peter Beckett Gallery 2008

Recollections from my “Accidental” Art Gallery– 2007-2008

 I had no intention of opening an art gallery. It began as a one month solo exhibition. The Leftside Gallery was  well suited to exhibiting large paintings, Unlike stage actors, painters are usually a few steps removed from their audience so I decided to start paying the rent to see what would happen.

Observations: Cultural Anthropology and
Field Notes, Winter 2008

My initial exhibition included paintings and artifacts that related to sailing and wooden boat building –I had been living aboard a wooden ketch on Martha’s Vineyard during the previous winter.   The work in the windows has more to do with free-jazz and the winter landscape but for some reason the art gallery still attracts a disproportionate number of sailboat enthusiasts. Perhaps it’s their spirit of adventure.

I had been doing  free-jazz-painting collaboration in the gallery with Kenny Baldwin and Roger Martindill. I went to art school with Roger.  Kenny played music with Graham Caughtry – who was one of my favorite Canadian abstract painters from the 60s– so we were all familiar with improvisation in both languages. Some of the paintings were continued outside in the woods to include quieter voices. These paintings were the basis of the final exhibition which ran until March 15th 2008.

WinterJazzLandscapes 66 x 80 in.

"To have a jazz trio rehearsing in the gallery on Friday afternoons
was a pleasure. It reminds me of my artist-in-residence days in Santa Fe– painting with piano and opera soloists rehearsing next door."