Watercolor Paintings

This medium allows for a looser, less structured technique. There is also a freedom in allowing the water to form many of the shapes as you work.

“Shades of Summer” 8×12 on Arches cotton hot pressed paper.

The last rays of the summer sun were caught in some fading storm clouds and created an ethereal effect. The granular paints used here added an interesting texture to the clouds.

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“Last Light” 8×12 on Arches cotton hot pressed paper.

Summer creates the most dramatic sunsets. The wide range of hues produces a sky-scape that demands attention. I also used some alcohol inks for the foreground silhouettes.

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“Windswept Elm” 4×6 on 140 lb cold pressed paper.

The fading light before the storm created a gradient of greens on the leaves. The brightest leaves were contrasted against the blue violet clouds.

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“Orange Maples” 8×8 on 140 lb cold pressed paper.

I wanted to play on color opposites here. The orange trees against the blue sky creates a feeling of happiness. I also tried to capture the light in the trees.

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“Crimson Moment” 8×10 on 140 lb cold pressed paper.

This is a play in opposites. I love the bright red tree against this eerie sky. I was able to play with layering here to obtain deeper reds. I also put a bit of alcohol ink in here for the trunk and the shadow.

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“Castor Study” 11×14 on cold pressed water color paper.

This was a commission created for a friend of mine who’s dad runs a farm. The shapes of the leaves and berries was very interesting. The red and green color scheme of the plant made for a bold composition as well.

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“Dark Seas” 8×8 on 140 lb cold pressed paper.

I was able to see this melancholy scene at the beach one October evening. I loved seeing the storm rolling in. The gloomy sky and the rough sea were so calming to watch.

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“Arctic Horizon” 11×14 on hot pressed paper.

This piece allowed me to experiment with washes to create layers of moody hues. It reminded me of a glacial shore in the Arctic.

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“Twisted Curves” 9×12 140 lb cold pressed paper.

The thermal pools at Yellowstone really resonate with me. Their colors and swirls are so interesting. Here is a piece of wind warped wood on a bacteria mat.

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