“I return to where the clouds, fields, and beach call to me. It’s as if these elements and places are a part of my soul.”
“I can’t help but want to paint the decay, dust, and emptiness Cormac McCarthy describes in The Road.”
“There are two pivotable books of my youth, which shaped my life as an artist. The first was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, whose spirited unconventionality was utterly liberating to me.”
“Art is good for you. But it’s not spinach. Its purpose is not to make you healthier or wiser — although that could happen along the way. The reason to nourish a relationship with art is the same as the reason for bonding with other people: to feel more fully human.” -Daniel McDermon
To Frances McGuire, each painting is a palimpsest of emotion—but not necessarily narrative—expressed without judgment or expectation. The visual equivalent of, “I’m just saying.”
Thomas Hart Benton on his self-portrait: “This is a study from the mirror images of an old artist, ‘Grandaddy Benton,’ as all the kids call me. I had a belly when I did it, but after building a stone retaining wall, 65 feet long and in some places 10 feet high, on our place in Martha's Vineyard, I got rid of it. It hasn't come back.”
“The thread is disorganization. I read the paintings — they tell me where to go and how to continue. “
“It is so important for artists to study those who have gone before us.”
Painter Kate Salenfriend’s hosts an imagined evening of conversation and creativity on a Napa Vineyard.
It’s about finding oneself in the right place at the right time. With a camera.
Colin Ruel’s new paintings are currently on view at the Field Gallery. Last fall, he and his wife, noted jewelry designer Nettie Kent, were featured in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. We revisit it here.
Photograph by Elizabeth Cecil for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine
“I watch in wonder as the flats of seedlings that have taken over every corner of this late winter studio are bending toward their light. I’m leaning in with them.”
Painter Jennifer Christy shares a few literary favs that invite her outside of the studio and into the landscape.
Painter Traeger di Pietro’s virtual dinner with Einstein and Oprah, and other star figures from modern history.
In this thoughtful new documentary, filmmakers David and Barbarella Fokos, explores the farm and studio of Island painter Allen Whiting.