Category Archives: Artist’s Journey

Better Angels on NEPR, New England Public Radio

John Voci from NEPR sat down at my dining table with me a couple months ago and we spoke about Better Angels for about 45 minutes. He put together this really lovely piece about the Springfield Museums exhibit that scrolls … Continue reading

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Better Angels at the Wood Museum of Springfield History

The exhibit has been open for barely three weeks now. It looks wonderful on its custom-built wall. A week ago I gave a 45-minute talk, which was a first. I spent days putting it together. Keeping it to 45 minutes … Continue reading

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A New Year

As 2012 comes to a close, with 2013 within sight,  I want to take this opportunity to thank the fire community and all the wonderful families, organizations and firefighters I have had the honor to meet over these past three … Continue reading

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44 repainted replaced…

The last of the 77 repainted portraits have now been replaced in this website.  Most were repainted because I wanted to improve the paintings (using the NFFF’s website for better quality reference pictures).  However, a couple were repainted because I … Continue reading

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The Things We Learn…

In the WEEKS since I wrote, I’ve been hard hard hard at work on the paintings, the crates, name tags for the Dallas Stair Climb group, and more.  In the end I did a little or a lot of work … Continue reading

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Room for Improvement

I had thought it would be about 20 paintings that would get just a little more work, but it will be closer to 60.  Here are about 50 that are now finished.  One by one I will rescan them and … Continue reading

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Back in Massachusetts

I have the paintings back with me for the first time since we installed them on their panels in Maryland last June.  Between then and now they were either on display or in their crates in their trailer.  I am … Continue reading

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Firehouse World, Rachel LaBarre

In San Diego I had the joy to see Rachel LaBarre again. Rachel had been an art major at the CU Boulder when I began this project and she was assigned to me as an intern in the fall of … Continue reading

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5 Paintings in the Making

In 2010 I photographed five of the firefighter paintings as painted them, using a very low-tech system where every so often I placed the block of wood on a stand, then clicked a picture on my tripod-held camera. It has … Continue reading

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Better Angels: The Beginning

While awaiting photographs from Baltimore, I thought I might write another Artist post and speak a little about what creating Better Angels has meant for me. As I have written in other sections of this website, like millions of others, … Continue reading

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