I am a representational artist. I consider my art a kind of portraiture, whether I’m painting a barn, a fishing boat or a dog. I work in watercolor on 300lb hot press paper and on Aquabord (a hardboard surface made for watercolor paints). I paint in watercolor because I absolutely love the process. I love the unique random magic that can happen when colors mingle; I love the way the paint reacts to different surfaces.
I’ve always painted the Pacific Northwest because it is what I know and love. I could paint what’s in this corner of the world for the rest of my life and never feel the need to find another subject.
For the past few years, in addition to landscapes, I have been painting portraits of animals (mostly dogs), people (mostly children) and recently birds, large and small.
I’ve been painting in watercolor for 15 years, but I am still a work in progress. When I succeed, it is because I’ve been able to balance all the elements in my painting, including combining the detail that I love with looser areas that suggest form and atmosphere.
In the past month, I’ve returned to my file of area barns. I love old barns! You can see some of the results below.