Weir Farm National Historic Site is Connecticut's first national park and the only one in America dedicated to painting. No other book chronicles the property's rescue from residential development to its establishment as a park.
I tell the story through the only artistic photographic collection documenting Weir Farm National Historic Site, most of which has never been published before. Weir Farm was the home of Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), a leading innovator of American Impressionism.
The farm's landscape inspired countless masterpieces created by Weir, his famous artist-friends, two subsequent generations of artist-owners, and contemporary artists who continue to create at the park. In 2020, this iconic site will be featured on the U.S. quarter.
Softcover · Perfect bound
200 color images · 96 pages 9.25 x 6.5 inches
In memory of my daughter, 10 percent of book royalties will be donated to Emotions Matter, Inc., a nonprofit mental health care advocacy group. In 2016, my daughter – a poet and painter – died from a drug overdose after years of struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Funds support my work
advocating for the National Parks
The popularity of my Art of Phoneography workshops demonstrates that there is great interest in creating better smartphone photos. Attendees have consistently requested for instruction on how to creatively edit their photos. Using lots of illustrations and examples, this booklet will walk you step-by-step through the process of applying three important techniques: creative cropping, dodging and burning, and artistic black and white photo conversion.
It is not necessary to have taken my workshop. You can read this booklet and tastefully enhance your images regardless of whether they were taken with an Android or iPhone. The booklet is small enough to carry in your bag. Read and learn at your own pace and while you are on the go.
All funds go toward my advocacy for the National Parks through my artwork, exhibits, research, and lectures.
National Historical Park
Softcover · Saddlestitched
34 color images · 32 pages 6 x 6 inches
Limited edition of only 25 signed and numbered copies.
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"I've seen your wonderful photos, so was happy to order a copy of your new collection."
Bill Welsch American Revolution Round Table of Richmond
Glen Allen, Virginia
Twenty-five signed and numbered copies of this new booklet are available directly from me. Additional unsigned copies can be purchased at the museum store of Morristown National Historical Park.
The booklet features my photographs of the Ford Mansion, which served as George Washington's headquarters during the winter encampment of 1779-80. He spent several months there, joined by his wife Martha. The home was filled with a large entourage of officers, which included Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette, Philip Schuyler, and Benedict Arnold.
The National Park Service commissioned the photographs of the 12-room Georgian Revival mansion. The images uniquely convey the duality of the home. "The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the mansion’s essence as a home," explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources.