Campaign To Save Hempstead House
Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22, 2015
The Sands Point Preserve
127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point NY, 11050
During 2005-2008, from early spring through the late fall, I worked on the New Landscape Series paintings outdoors at the Sands Point Preserve. For this series I had been especially drawn to quickly disappearing, untouched preserve-land. I was attracted to the beauty in the rambling, unplanned, chaotic nature of the landscape. It was exhilarating to paint a very large canvas outside. On windy days I had to tie the painting to the easel to keep it from blowing down. If you look closely, some paintings still have twigs and grass embedded in them from falling.
It was an honor to have permission to paint on the estate grounds for so many years. Once, when I was painting, the grounds director at the time came by to visit and see what I was working on. I thanked her again for allowing me to paint there and she said that we were honoring what the Guggenheim family had envisioned for their estate – to provide a refuge and inspiration for visiting artists.
It brings me great joy to exhibit the work from this series in the library of the grand Hempstead House. I hope you can come and visit!