Until January 2006, I had not picked up a paint brush for over forty years when I was back in middle school. In the back of my mind, I had thought about trying painting and had picked up some cheap paint, brushes and canvases the summer before, but those had lingered in the closet until one January day when no one was home. A small, hesitant painting from a photograph of a boulder in the Hammonasset surf of Long Island Sound was the beginning. I felt sufficiently encouraged with the results of that painting to take an acrylic painting course with the Middletown Adult education, and in the fall of 2006, met painter and teacher Aleta Gudelski of Durham CT. I took private lessons with Aleta until the summer of 2010 and credit her with helping me discover myself as a painter.
While my painting ability lay dormant for decades, it is a talent possibly drawn from my genetic pool. Great-great grandfather James Barton Longacre was the chief engraver for the United States Mint (he designed the Indian Head Penny). My grandmother, Breta Longacre DelMar, and great aunt, Lydia Longacre (never got meet either of them), were both accomplished painters and members of the Old Lyme Art colony at the Florence Griswold House (now the Florence Griswold Museum).
I am primarily drawn to New England seascapes and landscapes these days, using acrylics on canvas and on board. I primarily work from my own photographs (please see my Flickr page) in my home studio.
You may also see my paintings through my Flickr site, which may be an easier way to see them all, if you are so inclined.
I am almost always all-acrylic on canvas, canvas board, masonite or other platform.
Cape Cod, the Connecticut shoreline, barns, chickens, the Vermont hills ... I think you can get an idea of what makes me want to paint.