I want to make paintings of icebergs.
Our planet is forever changing, the glaciers are melting and icebergs may not be here forever. I want to visually chronicle and share with future generations this epic saga -- the passage of icebergs.
A SEARCH FOR THE SUBLIME
Icebergs make their journey every year from the glaciers of Greenland down the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland, breaking apart by the time they reach Nova Scotia. I want to capture their epic journey at the most interesting and dramatic times of day, sunrise and sunset and for that matter, all day long — flat light, fog, rain, whatever nature hands me, I want to observe, experience and learn it all.
As icebergs are not on the Delaware River where I live, I will need to travel to Newfoundland. I’m embarking on this quest at the end of May and early June to see them at their peak.
Light is the true subject in all of my work, therefore it is important that I immerse myself and become visually literate with all that is iceberg.
My plan is to observe, photograph, sketch and paint icebergs for 3 weeks or more, by land and by sea. I will be working with some of the local fisherman to go out at various times of the day to capture light and atmosphere.
Below is an example of how I gather reference where I live in Pennsylvania. You can see how important light is and what a difference it makes. This is what I want to do, but in Newfoundland.
WHERE DID THIS IDEA COME FROM?
There is a legacy of artists painting icebergs that has always interested me, most famously Frederic Edwin Church. In 1859, Church traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador to gather reference for his famous body of work, icebergs.
I want to follow Church’s lead and create a lasting body of work that will transfix the viewer; a suite of iceberg portraits celebrating the beauty, majesty and their quiet passage.
WHO AM I?
I am an American landscape painter, best known for painting light. I was born in Teaneck, NJ and studied at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League of New York. For many years, I worked as a professional illustrator, collaborating on thousands of projects. Currently, I teach at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and am focused on my own painting. I live and paint along the Delaware River in northeastern Pennsylvania.
To learn more about me, please visit my website
I am interested in making the simple profound, always searching for that universal moment in the world around us. I have always been intrigued and fascinated by light and how it falls and endlessly changes the landscape. For me, light is more than a visual tool, it is an emotional subject. It is through the manipulation of light – how it falls, changes, sculpts, colors and creates various moods on a subject – that intrigues and inspires me. I am especially drawn to the winter landscape. It is a time when the earth loses its leafy covering and reveals it's true self. Covered in snow, the world reflects light and creates a spectrum of colors that are both dramatic and beautiful.
MY ALL IMPORTANT & ESSENTIAL PARTNER IS?
My wife Barbara Fiore will be traveling with me and assisting in all aspects of making this trip successful.
WHAT WILL THIS KICKSTARTER FUND?
Over 3,000 miles traveled round trip, two 16 hour ferry rides and that’s just to get there and return home. Lodging for more than 21 days. Transportation and boat charters for exploring and finding icebergs. Any additional equipment we will need for the trip. And last but not least, I will use what is left to begin to purchase the necessary art supplies.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
We leave at the end of May and will be there the first few weeks of June. When I return, I will sort through my collected reference materials and begin the process of making paintings. I expect it will take me a couple of years to complete this massive body of work.
All money received beyond my goal will go towards the materials and the making of the work and ideally a book and/or a video.
WHAT IS A PATRON?
You... You are a patron! A true patron of the arts is one who supports living artists. In the 1500s, Michelangelo and his cohorts depended upon the Medicis, Pope Julius II and others to fund their masterpieces, a classic example. 17th century Dutch artists relied on wealthy merchants to purchase their works of art. 19th century American artists were sent to Europe by local wealthy patrons to expand their visual horizons. Artists are able to work because they have patrons - whether it be through painting sales or other funding like grants, fellowships and now we have Kickstarter.
• Embark to Newfoundland!
• Three weeks learning and gathering visual reference
of icebergs to later work from in my studio.
• Document and share many moments from this trip with all of
you on my blog and Instagram; the challenges and the triumphs.
• Avoid any possibility of running into a polar bear and return home
in one piece; very important for the next part.
• Paint 10-20 large scale paintings to be exhibited at a public venue.
• Future goals: A book and possibly a video.
Here are some additional videos to learn more about me...
Risks and challenges
Weather plays a huge part on how things are perceived, so whatever those variables are, that's what I will be painting. It may not be what I originally intended but it will become something as rich and meaningful as all of the rest of my work. That's my joy, to filter and design the variables and bring them to my sensibilities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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