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“Aunt Mary’s Sliced Peach Cake” (painting)
2002
Acrylic on masonite
Size: 24” x 20”

I was lucky enough to spend time with my Aunt Mary just before she died in 2002. We got to talk, laugh and ask and answer questions about family during those weeks. One of the things I really wanted to know was her recipe for sliced peach cake. It wasn’t just that it was delicious, but it was one of the first things I learned to bake from scratch. I learned it from Aunt Mary when I was about 7 and spending a week with her in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

So here it all is – her kitchen with a view of deer in the backyard, my cousins playing while I made my own cake under Aunt Mary’s direction, the recipe, and the cake. Everything but the aroma.

My sister Mary thinks this is the best thing I’ve ever painted. But she’s biased by her own love for Aunt Mary.

 


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“Ernst & Young” (painting)
(1998)
Acrylic on masonite
Size: 26” x 26”

OK, you’re right—Ernst & Young isn’t a person. But it is a collection of thousands of people who are proud of the good work they do for their clients. This painting celebrates the clients and the people who serve them from E&Y’s Personal Financial Planning practice. The E&Y people are seen leaving their colorful midtown Manhattan office to go off to work with their clients around the U.S.

Every E&Y person in the painting is someone I’ve worked with. The clients who surround them are busy at their jobs. There’s a good story behind each of the client portraits. Like the day I got a tour of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Mobile , Alabama and saw how toilet tissue starts as trees floating down the river and ending up in cartons shipped off to retailers.

 


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“On the Streets Where I Live” (painting)
2004
Acrylic on masonite
Size: 30” x 24”

Many people living in Otsego County also spend time elsewhere, often in downstate New York or New Jersey, due to family or job obligations. My split is between my office, which overlooks Times Square at the corner of 42 nd Street and 7 th Avenue, and my lake house on the shores of Canadarago Lake.

This painting shows how much I love both places – the hustle and bustle of 42 nd Street and the lake lapping on Marble Road – and have memorized the trip between the two locations, particularly along historic Route 20 between Duanesburg and Richfield Springs, New York. Both worlds are part of who I am and inspire what I paint. Whenever I’m in one place, I miss the other.

 


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“The Colorado Symphony ” (painting)
2006
Acrylic on masonite
Size: 16 ” x 24 ”

 

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