I’ve been on some amazing trips over the past six months and I always try to bring my paints along, so here is an update with the places I’ve been and the paintings I’ve made while traveling. Enjoy!
JUNE 30. Two of my Greek friends just got married, and they invited a whole gang of friends from NYC to come on their honeymoon in Mykonos! We started planning the trip a year ago and it was an incredible adventure to discover Greece with Greeks who knew all the secret spots. The trip was not without a touch of anxiety, however. The morning after the wedding in Thessaloniki, I left my oil paints in a hotel, and spent the first few days on Mykonos mourning my absentmindedness… I was forced to experiment with my watercolors – a hidden blessing, perhaps? Then I was saved when a friend who traveled after us brought my paints to me. Anyway, that’s why theres only a few small oil paintings from my time in Mykonos. It could also be because we were busy hiking through ancient ruins, sailing, exploring beaches, staying out late, and enjoying the food!
JULY 4th. After Mykonos, I traveled to Volos where my friend Joel has been living for the past 9 years. Joel’s wife Anna is from Athens, and together they decided to settle down in this area where they are raising their two sons and restoring an old stone house in the mountainous region known as Pelion or Pilios. Joel is an architect and a stone mason, and the house is a work of art, honoring old world tradition and full of personal details like custom woodworking and stone carvings, all made by Joel himself. It was really wonderful to see this project in progress and to see what Joel and Anna’s life is like in Greece. During this part of my journey, I explored a very different landscape in the mountains. While Mykonos is extremely hot, dry and windy, the mountains of Pelion seem to be gushing with spring water everywhere I looked. The forest felt like a jungle, which reached right down to the pristine white beaches of the Agean sea.
PLUM ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS
June 1. I had a few days to paint on Plum Island, a magical spot north of Boston that is largely protected by the Parker National Wildlife Refuge. A few years ago, I sold my first big commission to a couple who have their permanent home here in Plum Island. I got to see my painting hanging in their house and spend a few days exploring the marshes and wetlands here. This trip was a real teaser, I only had a few days to paint, but I plan to go back later this summer for more!
RABBIT ISLAND, MICHIGAN
May 26th. Rob Gorski and I spent a few days on Rabbit Island doing some spring cleaning and preparing the camp for this summer’s artists in residence. The Keweenaw peninsula endured one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record this year – for the first time since 1979 Lake Superior froze solid! When we were there in late May, the ice was still breaking up, which is quite unusual. We spent 3 days on the island witnessing the melting icebergs. I made a few iceberg sketches out there, and I took a fearsome plunge into the water, which was about 34 degrees out there! You can see some of Rob’s pictures and read more on the Rabbit Island blog: http://www.rabbitisland.org
OSA PENINSULA, COSTA RICA
February 2. These paintings are from a midwinter trip to Costa Rica! I went with my yoga teacher Christine Hoar, who is also an avid surfer. This was a very active vacation – we practiced Ashtanga yoga every morning, followed by at least two surf sessions! The surfing was super and I also did these paintings, which were quickly snapped up as souvenirs by other people on the yoga retreat. It was a very successful vacation!