Online Exhibition: "Overlaid & Underpinned"

 Works by Paolo Arao, Anthony Falcetta, Tim Hallinan, Vanessa Irzyk, Kevin Lucey, and Samnang Riebe, on Curating Contemporary until 4/7.

I've had the pleasure of curating this virtual show, which features mesmerizing work by five other painters and recent paintings of my own.

 "Overlaid and Underpinned" is a show about layers and process, time and materiality, and the ways in which each artist's work relies on buried information, evolved structures, and/or superimposed patterns.

From the essay which accompanies the show:  


"Everything counts and no element is truly lost, because its shape or absence is acknowledged by its replacement. The first thing we see is only the most recent change to the painter's first decision."


Check it out at, where the show will be featured until early April, before moving to the Previous Shows section of the site for your future viewing pleasure. 

Boston Accent Lit, volume 5

The new issue of the online literary and arts journal "Boston Accent Lit" has just gone live, and features a selection of my recent paintings along with the work of other visual artists and writers.  This "wicked good literary site" is a new addition to the creative community in Boston and the wider world, and I'm happy to be a part of it!

 Click here to check it out.


Schoolhouse Gallery show part 2, plus online exhibition "5 x 5"

Two of my paintings at Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown MA (see last post) will continue their stay through December, as part of the group show REBOOT.

Meanwhile, five more of my pieces are appearing in an online exhibition put together by the gallery, called "5 x 5".  This collection also features works by Marty Davis, Rebecca Doughty, photography duo Kahn & Selesnick, and Paul Stopforth.

Check out the online exhibition here:


REBOOT runs through December 2016.

Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown MA, 02657.  (508) 487-4800.


"Temporal Transcendent" at Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville

Save the date -- Sunday, March 13, from 4-6PM -- and join me and my fellow artists for the opening reception!


"The artists in Temporal Transcendent find themselves at the intersection between the surprise of the quick glance and the uncanny no-time of the long gaze.  The conflux of these two states of time is where painting happens, and these five artists have been busy setting up camp."

This exhibition features abstract paintings which recall, reconstruct and reimagine the landscapes inhabited and internalized by each artist.  As painters, we spend hours, days and years looking at and experiencing our surroundings.  Then we return to our studios, where time becomes elastic, and pour those experiences into our work, which in turn allows a viewer to enter that contemplative time-out-of-time.  With over thirty paintings, this promises to be an expansive and beautiful show.

Temporal Transcendent runs from March 10 to April 9.  The gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Brickbottom Artists studio building, and is open Thursday - Saturday from 12-5.  

Visit for more info.




Vermont or Bust ;)

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been accepted to do a 4-week artist residency at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.  This competitive and well-regarded program puts 50+ artists and writers together on the beautiful campus of VSC, providing good meals, a private studio and lodgings, and the experience of meeting and working alongside fellow creative types for a solid month.  I’m super-excited and honored to have been accepted, and I’m already mentally packing my studio for the trip.

While I was fortunate to receive some financial aid — in the form of a small but generous merit-based VSC grant, plus their 10 hr/wk. work-exchange program — there will still be a good chunk of money to put down by early April, so I’m turning to my friends and supporters for a little help.  I’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign at, hoping to raise enough to cover the cost of the residency and perhaps to buy out my work-exchange hours (giving me extra time in the studio!).

If you can contribute to this worthy cause, I'd be most grateful.  Grateful enough, in fact, to offer you original works of art as rewards for your generosity.  Check out my campaign at , and thank you in advance for your support.

Well *that* was quick...

As we look forward to 2016, I’m also looking back at what turned out to be a surprisingly-busy 2015.  Totaling up all the shows where my work was either included or featured, I’m a little stunned to see I participated in 13 shows in 12 months!

Some were by invitation, like “An Abstract Language” at Artspace Maynard, “7 North Shore Artists” at Cedar Tree Gallery in Essex, and a smartly-curated small-works show at Mingo Gallery in Beverly called “HIVE.”  

In other shows, my work was chosen by jurors, including the fantastic “CHROMA” at Gallery 263 in Cambridge (chosen by painter Lynda Schlosberg), “Visual Alchemy” at Fountain Street Fine Arts in Framingham (juried by Elizabeth Devlin of FLUX Boston) and “Driven to Abstraction” at the Umbrella in Concord (juried by Dana Salvo from the Clark Gallery).  I also sent work down to New York City, for two juried exhibitions at Jeffrey Leder Gallery in Queens.

Then there were the shows where I put on the curating hat myself: presented in the elegant community-room at a local Episcopal church, “Edenic” was my first outing as curator and featured my work along with three other artists’ paintings and photoprint constructions.  This fall I was part of a group of five local painters who put together a gorgeous landscape-based show called “ABOVE / BELOW / WITHIN” at Porter Mill Gallery in Beverly.

I also had a solo show at Mingo Gallery during the summer:  “*you are here”  featured a group of pieces from 2013-14 exploring place-memory, return, journey and loss.  This show gave me the opportunity to meet lots of fellow artists and give a very rewarding gallery-talk to a class from a local college.

As we head into 2016, I’m already filling the calendar and looking forward to a busy year.  In March, I’ll be curating another group show, this time at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville.  “Temporal Transcendent” will feature works by fellow painters George Frary III, Morgan Dyer, Ben MacAdam and Lisa Reindorf, and I’m looking forward to the visual and conceptual conversation on the gallery walls.

In May, I’ll be off to northern VT for a four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center, where I’ll be part of a group of about 50 other artists and writers who will spend the month getting to know each other, and getting down to some seriously-focused time in the studios provided by VSC.  I’m super-excited to be going, and honored to have been accepted to this program.

I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those whose generosity, interest and encouragement came my way this year, and I look forward to sharing more good news and fresh work with you in 2016.

Peace and good cheer—