Sag Harbor artist Ted Asnis has seen his work as an architectural illustrator appear in such publications as House Beautiful, House & Garden and The New York Times. But as he prepares for the Dan’s Papers Cover Artist Show on August 20, Asnis is reflecting on the times his artwork has appeared on the cover of Dan’s Papers. “Each time my work has appeared on Dan’s Papers the response to it from people I know, and from many I don’t know, has been greatly encouraging—and artists need that encouragement.”
On the Inspiration He Draws from the North and South Forks… I’m inspired mostly by what I see. I enjoy painting, and the landscapes here are certainly a joy to me. Both forks of Long Island offer unique scenes that are only recognized for the charm and beauty of the East End and, to me, nowhere else. The soft and subtle lighting during the summer months is wonderful.
On Going Abstract… For about the last year or so I have been giving serious thought to an abstract approach to landscape painting. I have forever, or as long as I can remember, enjoyed abstract art! I can remember in the early 1960s seeing work by Larry Rivers and being bowled over by them.
On the New York Yankees Captain…My Derek Jeter painting came about by my wish to donate a painting to the Artists & Writers Softball event here. I thought of Jeter specifically because I’m an avid Yankee fan, and because of his monumental achievement of 3,000 hits recently. The fact that Jeter’s position in the painting has him hitting to right field…I would say the majority of those 3,000 hits have been have been to right field.
On Life Outside the Studio… When I’m not painting, which isn’t often (I manage to paint 5 days a week for at least 6 hours a day), golf is a sport I’ve been struggling with for the past 25 years. And I cook seriously—better than I play golf!