I think one of the greatest pleasures of working in the watercolor medium is the opportunity to work on paper that responds to the wash and the brush. My favorites are either 140# or 300# Arches.
Below are a number of pieces completed over the years
Fall Leaves_Leaves Fall
At The Bay
Works on Panels
Much of my work is executed in a fairly large scale and large format by transparent watercolor standards. I enjoy the challenge of reining in a huge wash and working over the full sheet with the sweep of each color pass and the ability to weave details of color all the while defining form within form. My goal is to create a piece that is as interesting up close as it is simple and strong from afar. Recent works have ranged from 96”W x 45”H to over twenty feet in length. My preferred watercolor paper is Arches 300 # though the large formats have dictated the use of Aquaboard, a large masonite board with a gesso-like absorbent base coat. Once finished, a UV varnish is then applied eliminating the need for mattes or glass.
Works on Canvas
While watercolor canvas has been available for a number of years, the challenge has always been to move up to a larger scale and size. Experimenting with various grounds and mediums has allowed me to add this option as an available alternative. The play of the wash is similar to that of paper while the overall effect lends a new style of softness to the subject matter. All the pieces are protected with a UVLS varnish prior to delivery and installation.
Mixed Up Media
An eclectic selection of mixed media, concepts, sketches and maquettes that have been explored in the studio.