Artist in Residence -Artist Association of Nantucket May-June 2017

16th June 2017
I just returned from a lovely stay on Nantucket Island. This is my third artist residency on Nantucket with previous stays courtesy of the Nantucket Island School of Art & Design.

On this trip I found many beautiful sites that I photographed and will be working on over the coming months. The history of the whaling era and the architectural preservation of the main town and historic Siaconset village became a part of my sense of place. Lectures and exhibits at he UU Church, the Whaling Museum, the Athenaeum, and the Lifesaving Museum helped curb my shock and disappointment with how developed the Island has become.

I returned to the Hidden Forest which truly is hidden and I will not reveal its location. Even locals don't know where this is and it took me most of my trip to find it again.

I also had an encounter with a ghost, but that will remain private......

Here is an image that I recently scanned from negatives I shot in 1994 to create a digital version of the piece. I thought perhaps the colors were off, but on re-visiting the Nantucket moors I found them to be fairly accurate. The yellow sky shot is just how it came out from the negative - so I kept it. On that day I found a red tail hawk feather which I later gave to a local woman who had property on Tuckernuck Island. She was suffering from Lyme disease and said that Red Tail feathers were good for healing her symptoms.

Red Tail, Nantucket (1994 & 2017)

In 2003 I visited Nantucket again. During that trip I experienced a Nor'easter and I went to Getty Beach to photograph the surf. I was standing at the shore and a rogue wave came up to my waist. Not a good idea. These shots I used in several shell images including "Isadora" and "Listen."