Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Works in Pastel

I have been making pastel drawings based in mark making since about 1997. I do not rub, blend or smear the pastel. Instead the marks I make with the pastels themselves blend together to create changes in color, light and dark.

During the late 1990’s and the first five year of the new century I made many drawings, digital prints and photographs of the World War II Observation Towers on Cape Henlopen, Delaware. These were created to defend the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia from possible incursions of German U boats into the Delaware Bay. They were, however, never used for that purpose. Instead they did aid in the rescue of people from storm-damaged ships. Today they stand as silent sentinels, testament to our expensive and mistaken attempts to protect ourselves from foreign aggression.

After I retired in 2005 I began work on a new body of work based on the elements of light, earth, air and water as expressed in photographs and pastel drawings of the Atlantic Ocean at Cape May, New Jersey, Cape Henlopen, Delaware and Southeast Florida.

Juno Beach, Calm as a Lake, March 2006

I will post photographs of more of these with discussion based on my

work as I have time. I will also add to the posts as new drawings are