|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 painting?
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 or season?
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 to do.
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.