I love to learn who and what inspires other artists, so here’s a short list of the artists that excite me.
The “Tonalist” painters (especially JM Whistler’s “Nocturnes”), Balthus, Sally Mann, Charles Willson Peale ( his prescient ecological concerns and numerous peculiarities interest me more than his paintings), Martin Puryear, the drawings of Georges Seurat, Eugene Carriere, Wes Anderson, Hieronymous Bosch, Edward Gorey, George Inness, The Brothers Quay, the monotypes of Alan McGee, Michael Sowa, David Haliday.
We moved onto a farm in Virginia last fall after volunteering for six months on organic farms in Spain and Turkey. Fortunately, it’s not our farm, so we can just help out as much as we want, but don’t have to milk the goats in the morning before we’ve had coffee. My studio overlooks a pasture full of sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys. When the solitude becomes too much, I go up to DC or NY to see friends, family, and art…