Welcome to my online gallery of watercolor paintings. I hope you’ll stay and visit a while! I call my style of painting “impressionistic realism” and aim for a luminous flow of colors that shows off the extraordinary beauty of watercolor. I am very pleased that my paintings have been purchased for both private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Please browse this site to learn more about my work and how I get my inspiration. If you would like to take a class or purchase a painting, giclee reproduction or my “Art Rocks” jewelry, please contact me! I’d love to hear from you. I am now accepting a limited number of painting commissions for 2014.
How did I do that? I am often asked that question! Take a look at my new painting at left, “The Conversation”. Working with transparent watercolors, my goal was to capture on paper a memorable and creative visual impression for the viewer. I sketch in my sketchbook making notes for future paintings and take hundreds of photos that I use for resource material.
Since my ideas come from many sources I like to have a “painting plan”. Although each painting is different, I begin with a compositional plan of lights and darks in a 2” x 3” value sketch in my sketchbook and proceed to a full-size pencil drawing on my watercolor paper. For “The Conversation”, I began by spraying the background with blue and yellow watercolor paint mixed with water in 2 separate spray bottles. I teach this technique in my “Extreme” watercolor workshop (see my workshop scheduled for March 4 and 5, 2014). In other paintings I sometimes use a “pouring technique”. In all of my work I use both large and small brushes loaded with very transparent colors, adding layers of paint to create transparent glazes.
If you look closely at my work, you can see “negative painting” in the osprey nests, light “poured” into the water in “Jellies” (pictured at right) and clear transparent “luminous color” in the seascape paintings of the Florida Keys. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed the painting process!