My primary medium is watercolor because of the transparency and brilliance that I can achieve with this paint. This medium enables me to put on paper, a translation of the way I react to Nature and objects, seeing their patterns, colors and light. I layer color upon color (perhaps up to 12 layers of transparent paint) to achieve a richness, vibrancy and glow that enables the light to pass through the many layers of color and bounces back off the archival cotton paper at the viewer’s eye - creating that sparkle and glow!
Koi & Water
Floral & Tropicals
My painting process begins well before I step into the studio. Inspiration starts outdoors, where I explore natural settings, from neighborhood creek trails to the rain forests of Hawaii and disparate landscapes of California. Every outing offers innumerable possibilities for painting—but my first job is to see, as if through new eyes. I seek out light, patterns, and the beauty of “the mundane;” and use a digital camera to record.
Back in the studio, the photos serve as visual reference for developing the subject and composition of the painting. I then use varied techniques and the transparent qualities of watercolor to create the vibrancy, saturation, and depth of color for which my work is known. The creation process for every watercolor—and now more recently oil—painting comes from a desire to share my vision of the incredible glory of nature.
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