This summer, as the third wave of a pernicious pandemic waned in Ontario, I decided, as one does, to find a shipwreck. The quest seemed appropriate to the times. After about fifteen months of fear, isolation, professional and personal disruption, and daily reports of deaths and infections, why not celebrate the return to something resembling... Continue Reading →
It’s been a long, strange trip, riding these covid waves, but my book on A.Y. Jackson is nearing completion. “Jackson’s Wars” is now going into copyedit at McGill-Queen’s University Press, I’m finalizing images, and if we can keep it on track, it will be out in Spring 2022. Stay tuned.
Cormorant Tree, Monument Channel After executing a fair bit of drawing work in the fall of 2018 and into early 2019, I went through a two-year lull in which I didn’t produce a single new finished drawing. There were a lot of stops and starts and abandonments, and distractions of writing work. I have finally... Continue Reading →
I have been slowly re-engaging, in a limited degree, both in the time I am on the site and the amount I am tweeting, commenting, or retweeting. But if this doesn't work, I'll be leaving altogether.
Gotham, the blog of the Gotham Center for New York City History, sponsored by the Graduate Center, CUNY, asked me to contribute to a weeklong series on Monuments of Colonial New York. I obliged with this essay on the Henry Hudson statue that overlooks his eponymous river.
The good people at the Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE) asked me to contribute an essay to a series marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Canadian landscape art collective, the Group of Seven. Fresh from a boat trip up eastern Georgian Bay, through many locales where members of the Group painted during and before its formation, I was happy to oblige.