Category Archives: Inspiration

Living on the Water

Ducks beating their wings and bleating a tattoo as eagles screech and dive at ducklings are reminiscent of crowds fleeing or scuffling with oppressors and bullies. Continue reading

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Tide Poems

I live surrounded by water and the tides marking time. These works echo their characteristics, their rhythm, and the light and atmosphere in their midst. Like a poem and its meter, the marks and visual pauses of atmospheric passages, flow, … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Obligation

A common question to abstract artists is, “What is your inspiration?” Many things have inspired my work from the simple, sensual, and silly to the very serious. Early on in my work, flowers, landscapes and street scenes became expressionistic paintings. … Continue reading


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First Loves: An Early Encounter with W.H.

At some point in my early teens, during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of art in NYC, I fell in love, with a painting by Winslow Homer. Viewing the painting, Gulf Stream, excited me. Painted in 1899, the shirtless … Continue reading

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“Invisible Lines of Connection”

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Sunday at the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, a spectator of my art approached me and in conversing about the paintings he told me about the book Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary by Lawrence Kushner. I haven’t … Continue reading

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8-8-88 An Update

Well, I don’t win the consistency prize for blogging. I keep busy, painting, experiencing life, looking at the sky… The 8-8-88 project was completed around February of this year. The finished result is Silent Soul, an eighty-eight canvas mosaic that … Continue reading

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The 8-8-88 Project

The 8-8-88 project is a tribute to my father, Bertram J. Tarlin who passed away this August on the eighth at the age of eighty-eight. My dad was a quiet man: pensive, gentle and loving. Sometimes, as my brother Bill … Continue reading

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More Images than a TV

Recently I had the good fortune to have a couple connect so greatly with one of my paintings they purchased it for their new home. When I delivered it, they and their interior decorator contemplated it as it was positioned … Continue reading

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