About the Artist
I like to draw and paint plants and landscapes that I come across on bicycle rides. While the pictures for the summer scenes were off local dirt roads that were easy enough to pedal to, getting reference photos of the winter scenes turned out to be rather challenging on the bike!
Most of the pictures start out in my studio as pencil drawings on Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper. Using my camera pictures as a reference, I start work in pencil from 9H to HB. At some point I begin to apply watercolor washes with a #10 brush. About halfway thru a picture I don’t use the reference photos anymore and I just concentrate on the composition and color development. The picture tends to get more abstract, with colors and features that were not necessarily in the photos. I may lift color off with a wet brush in one place, or scrape a painted area of dry paper white again with a razor in another. While I progress to watercolor after the pencil work, I use pencil on top of watercolor too. Each picture may take a month or more to finish. If it’s not in a frame I like to keep working on it, even years later.