|What kind of things have influenced you
as an artist?
I think one of the greatest influences on me was growing
up on the banks of the Hudson, which is such a beautiful
place in the different light and different times of year.
I think that was a main influences on me to want to be
a landscape painter. Also there were lots of paintings
in the house where I grew up and my parents loved painting
very much and also my mother painted some, so I, especially
after we all grew up, she painted, so, there were a lot
of influences on me.
What's your favourite time of day for
Actually my favourite time of day is sunrise, but I
don't always get up in time for that, so early morning
and also late afternoon.
Do you have a favourite time of year
Yes, I do actually. I love to paint just before the
spring when the air is so crisp and clear, and there
aren't yet any leaves on the trees, so that I can really
see down the streets, so there's something magical in
New York about that time of year, around March and then
of course, when spring comes and the blossoms and the
trees start to come out, it's just magical, but it lasts
a very short time.
Are there any other cities that you'd
like to go and paint in?
Oh, there are thousands of cities I'd love to go and
paint in, the ancient cities, the older cities, Paris,
Amsterdam, Florence, Venice, many places in Sicily,
in Greece, I'd love to go to Turkey and paint on the
Mediterranean and any place where there's antiquity
and where there's water or mountains. But it is hard
to travel and paint, it's much better to go to one place
and settle in and paint for a while in one place to
get to really know the landscape. That's what I prefer
What do you think are the pros and
cons of an artist's life?
I think to be an artist usually it requires a lot
of sacrifice and I know that sounds like a cliche,
but it's true. Because it requires an enormous amount
of time, it requires being free to suddenly change
your plans at a moment's notice. For example, being
a landscape painter is completely insane, I could
be going out the door with one painting under my arm
to work on it and the weather could change and I'd
be working on a different painting, or I could have
plans with someone and suddenly change them, or drop
the plans because the weather's right for a particular
painting, and that's a real big sacrifice in terms
of your social life and also, of course, finances,
if, as I do, I tend to put painting before anything
else. So I'm not, well it's hard to earn money and
be a dedicated artist at the same time, I think. They
contradict one another to some degree.