Short Beach, like Stony Creek on the opposite side of town, is a wonderful, peripheral part of Branford that is right on the water and rich in history and variety. These communities are unique; it's a wonder that they share the same zip code with Greater Branford.
This is part of a series of paintings of spaces between houses in San Francisco. As with this scene, many of the pictures are out of the Portola District, just west of Twin Peaks toward the ocean. My wife and I lived a combined 39 years in The City, and look forward to a return visit to Northern California soon.
There's a road that extends out from Route 1 (the east coast's counterpart to Highway 1 on the west) in Guilford toward the water where, at the end, are all kinds of visual stimuli for the kind of thing I do. I have my mother-in-law, Ann Dumark, to thank for knowing about this place and taking me out there for a photo session not long ago. I've painted several things from that hour or so out there near the water. You see in this picture a little glimpse of a marsh, which are sometimes featured in my paintings. We happen to be lucky enough to be in marsh country. It's one of the most beautiful things about living in Southern Connecticut. I never saw anything like them in all my 47 years in California.
I live on what they call the Connecticut Shoreline, near New Haven.
I've been painting a long time. Most of my focus over the years has been on nonobjective subject matter; this ongoing series of realist work, of light falling on houses, is a fairly recent pursuit, echoing an interest I had as a college student back in the 70s.