‘Tidepool III’, watercolor on clayboard, 16″ x 22″
I am a northwest contemporary watermedia painter. I work hard to develop paintings that speak to the beauty of our natural world and increase the desire to preserve that beauty. My inspiration comes from living on a wooded high-elevation property in Oregon, where I moved after a career as a social science professor. In addition, I have been artist-in-residence at several National Parks and continue to be inspired by my time there. Much as nature is created through the addition and washing away of materials over time, my artistic process involves creating layers in my art. The top layers show traces of those below, creating strata of natural meaning. My painting process involves washing watercolor paints over plants, stones, shells and other natural materials. These materials are then removed, but they leave their imprint on the surface. I often use paint in a way that mimics natural processes. e.g., washes of watercolor produce rivulets and wave-like patterns like those found in the ocean. Salts and stones texture paint in patterns that mimic wind-blown surfaces and geological layers. The resulting paintings are colorful, highly textured, and semi-abstract, but the natural forms can still be identified.