News Scapes                        Tall Ships and Changing Times

Here we have the juxtaposition of historical tall ships sailing in front of a modern waterfront.  Today, that view has been dramatically changed by unfortunate events, and with it, a part of our way of life.  In many ways Tall Ships and Changing Times was the catalyst for this series, The artist describes the inspiration for the painting in her own words:


Tall ShipWhen I saw the front page of The New York Times on July 5, 2000, 1 fell in love with Keith Mayers' wonderful photo of The Rose sailing past the tip of Manhattan. The haze of that sultry afternoon bathed the whole scene in the warm tones evocative of the Hudson River School artists.  Fitz Hugh Lane and Sanford Gifford came easily to mind and I tucked the paper away for future reference.

It wasn't until the next summer, when I was invited to enter a show with a nautical theme, that I remembered my stashed treasure and began working on the painting. I finished the work on September 10, 2001. The next morning I was stunned to learn of the disaster that had struck the World Trade Center.

Since the towers were included in my painting I withdrew it from the show and sadly put it in storage.  When I came across it several years later I began puzzling about how it might be framed.  I envisioned something Victorian-- large and impressively gilded.  But none of the frame samples I tried seemed to work and I put the painting  back in storage.                                                                     Tall Ships And Changing Times   2001, oil on Canvas  32 x 30"

New York Times It wasn’t until I came across the old newspaper that I realized the painting should be framed by the space from which it had come—The New York Times.


The Rose has often sailed up the Hudson to dock at various cities and I have been fortunate enough to have gone aboard her several times.




    Tall Ships & Changing Times
Tall Ships & Changing Times   Oil on Canvas  2001-2005  Surround: canvas, hand lettered by the artist, 52 x 48"
As it hung at Gallery 384, Catskill New York,  Spring, 2006.