Tom Ritchie is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and editor of their newsletter.. His realist-impressionist paintings range from rural landscapes of Maryland farmland and cityscapes, to Maine landscapes from along the coastline. Ten years ago he closed his studio and vowed to paint only plein air. This commitment has lead to an even greater appreciation for the disappearing landscape as well as an awe at the beauty of Maryland's farmlands, towns and cities. To Tom, few events rival painting while listening to the sounds of nature, whether in the country or the city. He has spent his professional life as a journalist, an observer, and seeks to transfer that observational skill to his paintings.
My poems emerge from the stillness and surroundings of the moment. They are impressionistic, and most are free verse but some adhere to strict form. All share a story that reveals a moment of a day, a sliver of a life, a quiet discovery. I hope that you enjoy them, and that they will encourage you to stop, look, listen, and savor a quiet moment each day.