I’ve always felt that artistic ability is a gift you have been given, therefore you are obligated produce great works. Talent wasted is a shame. If you can find even one thing that you are good at, and enjoy doing, then life is good.
I paint in watercolor. This is the medium I have chosen as my primary focus. I studied many mediums in college including oils, but for some reason watercolors have stuck in my mind because of the challenge. It is a difficult medium. There is no covering up mistakes or reworking a watercolor. This provides a serious challenge. One that I enjoy very much.
I will always be a student of art, never a master. There is just too much to learn. But in the learning is the enjoyment. If you master something, there is nothing more to learn. How can you enjoy something that doesn’t challenge you? Once you master something… in my mind, then you move on to something else. Watercolors will always be a challenge and I am constantly learning new and wonderful things about the medium.
In my recent works I have been concentrating on transparent watercolor paint. Transparent watercolor paint is just more luminous on the paper. Your washes have an internal luminosity that you just can’t get with anything other than transparent watercolor pigments.
I prefer to paint landscapes, rural towns, farm country, and anything old and rusty. The wonderful red rocks of Southern Utah offer a never ending supply of painting opportunities. I also prefer painting in a realistic style, attempting to capture the subject in detail. The challenge of a realistic painting gives me the impetus to keep going and create new works of art.
After a long painting session, when you look at what you have created, there is a feeling of accomplishment that just can’t be compared to anything else.