I am drawn to plein air painting. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, an area with a rich history of landscape painting. The artists of the Hudson River School, the first school of American painting, worked in my backyard. I have since expanded my stomping grounds to include Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Maine also prominent in the history of American art. Arists like Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent and The Wyeths have painted there. A tiny island of rugged rock with dramatic headlands and crashing surf, it can give you a pretty intense experience of nature.
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