In 2003, after more than 20 years painting at Union Square, NYC, I moved my studio to Long Island City. Here, I look out on the highways connecting to the Queensboro Bridge, the El trains, Silvercup Studios building and its sign, a newly renovated red building, a school with its brightly lit yard, smokestacks, all under a big sky. With these elements I have made many variations.
Drawing from direct observation, has always been important to my work, including an early body of abstract painting that still informs my personal, visual language. My interests are taken by the elusive light of night and day, trying to describe it through color. As the paintings evolve slowly, sometimes over years, resolution will rely upon memory.
The memory drives the painting. Memory becomes the subject.
Baxter's works are in the collections of Southeast Missouri State University; the Museum of the City of New York; Fidelity Investments; Council on the Environment of New York City; Oppenheimer Capital Corp.; Morgan Stanley Trust; and Consolidated Edison of New York, etc. Baxter has received awards that include a grant from The Richard Florsheim Art Fund; Audubon Artists 55th Annual, Bronze Medal; Audubon Artists 54th Annual, Jane Peterson Memorial Award; 53rd Annual Bronze Medal; 52nd Annual Gold Medal; and a grant from Artists Space.