After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2018, I returned to painting landscapes again. Working both in the studio and en plein air, I filled sketchbooks, scraps of paper and in the end created a few series of watercolor works. I find the natural beauty of this part of the United States inspiring. The landscapes here are in a state of constant change, with the weather shifting to reveal and obscure different parts of the landscape on a moments notice, forcing the artist to work quickly and adapt to the changing conditions. (And sometimes to seek shelter from the rain!)
I started by mature artistic journey many years ago with the study of landscape with watercolor as the primary medium. Watercolor is an absolutely unforgiving medium, forcing the artist to be disciplined in approach and to make a series of good decisions to attain his/her desired outcomes. It is spontaneous, and one of the more magical media available to the artist.
Below are some samples from the works created over the past two years in the PNW. Some of the works are more figurative than others – I was interested in capturing the mood and ever changing nature of the landscape in the PNW.