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Selected for American Tonalist Society, Best in Tonalism, 2020, Online Showcase!

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Sea Mist at Dawn, 18 x 36

I am thrilled to announce my painting, Sea Mist at Dawn, has been selected for the American Tonalist Society’s “Best in Tonalism, 2020”, Online Showcase. The show runs from July 15 – August 15 and can be viewed online at and The show was originally planned to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has moved to an online format to protect the public. It is a great honor to be a part of this show, as artists from three continents, Canada, US and Mexico, are displaying their works.

What is Tonalism?

What is Tonalism, you might ask? Tonalism is an art movement that originated in America in the late 19th Century. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped shape the Transcendental movement, and, thus began a spiritual response to nature. Artists responded, in kind, by painting works with soft, blurred edges and a very narrow value range. Their color palette included a wide variety of muted blues, greens, violets and grays. Some of my favorite Tonalist artists include: George Inness, J.F. Murphy and Charles Warren Eaton. During post 1860’s, there was a melancholic response to the Civil war and many Americans began to reject organized religion. Some artists found solace in nature, and, especially at the low light hours, dawn and dusk. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads”.

As a contemporary painter, I try to reach a spiritual place through painting. Connecting to nature brings me to a place where I leap out of the temporal and into the eternal. I strive to awaken and sharpen an internal experience; and to suggest the reality and represent the mood that a natural scene evokes. I hope that my paintings help others relate to the universal beauty in nature. Many of my works are from imagination.