I’ve always loved the transparency of watercolor and how it allows for repeated overlays of colors to create beautiful, delicate blends. Beyond the blends, though, I find the medium expressive in so many ways – its “tell-all” nature readily reveals where water puddled and sat for awhile, where one pigment pushed at another, in what direction color was applied, the “weather conditions” (wet or dry) under which paint was applied. . . and the list goes on. I find that employing these playful aspects of the medium, while also building a representational image, will often create a lively, animated final painting. That is what I strive for.
I typically paint outdoor subjects, in both natural and built environments, and I find I’m drawn to conveying the physical form and massing – the directional growth or pull, the fissures, the evidence of other forces having worked on the form – of outdoor objects. I’m particularly drawn to depicting trees, stone, and weathered forms and how they express the natural forces that have shaped, twisted and/or eroded them.