Craig was born and raised in the New York City Metro area. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Middlebury College and did additional coursework at Dartmouth College and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, studying under Christopher Pothier. After receiving his degree from Middlebury, Craig found himself in the world of professional photography and moved away from painting for many years. Wherever he traveled throughout the United States, he always took his camera and captured thousands of images, gathering source material for paintings. Over the past twenty five years he has rediscovered painting, and the photographs he created have come to life in his rich, evocative pieces. Using the classic painting technique of underpainting and glazing, Craig’s work is moody and thoughtful. Among others, painters Edward Hopper and Robert Bechtle have influenced his work.
“The source material for my paintings originate exclusively from my own photography. For approximately every fifty images captured, I will select five to ten that are made into 12” x 18”prints. From those prints I may choose one or two that are satisfactory sources. All my recent paintings are on wood panels that I prepare with a dark, burnt umber ground. I begin with a pencil line drawing and follow with an underpainting that is monochromatic, using only burnt umber and white. The dark ground and burnt umber underpainting create a warmth that finds its way through the colors in the final work. I will add a glaze created by mixing pigment with a transparent medium which brings the color to the paintings. The final color glaze may vary in transparency and may be from one to ten layers deep. Throughout over 40 years as a professional photographer, I have captured a wide variety of manmade and natural landscapes. In recent years, many of these images have been the inspiration for paintings, where the hand and eye create the light more powerfully than camera and lens.”
"EC's Maine Ketch", Oil on Panel, 18 x 24, $1800
"Evening Mooring", Oil on Panel, 18 x 24, $1800
"No Lifeguard on Duty", Oil on Panel, 18 x 24, $1800
"Harbor Evening Light", Oil on Panel, 11 x 14, $700