But I'm not always rejected - I've been fortunate to attend a few residencies over the years, and I've just found out about another acceptance. In the late fall of 2015 I'll be an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park. I'll be staying on the Schoodic Peninsula for a few weeks, painting my heart out. I cannot wait. Schoodic has been an amazing place to paint over the past year or two, and to be able to go there and stay on site and deepen my engagement with the landscape is a dream come true. My time there will also be a homecoming of sorts, since I was born on the edge of Acadia, in Bar Harbor, and grew up in nearby Addison. In fact this is one of the major reasons I want to paint there: it's my home landscape - bleak and beautiful - and I love it with all my heart.
In other news, I am preparing for a solo show in Rockland and a group show on Islesboro, but I don't have the details of time and place yet. I will share them when I do. Meanwhile, spring has finally arrived here in midcoast Maine and as soon as the rain stops I'll be setting out to revisit some of my favorite painting places - those few locations that always feel like pure gold when I get there and start looking, and keep looking, and try to describe what I'm feeling, with paint. Right now these are places with long views out to open ocean, wide horizons, and miles of space. After being housebound for much of the long snowy winter, this will be the proverbial breath of fresh air. Happy spring, friends.