PAINTING THE WOODS

I FINISH MOST OF MY PAINTINGS IN THE STUDIO, but I start them outdoors. This is a personal choice that works well for me. I am not a renderer of what’s in front of me. I don’t feel the need to match colors or chase changing shadows. I like to get a deep impression of a subject or scene and then turn away from it so I can do a new version based on my memory and what I felt, as much as what I saw.

I enjoy the physical distance created by returning to the studio to develop the image. It’s a process, often leading to a finished watercolor on paper and then to an acrylic on canvas with many sketches in between. By freeing myself from the actual location and going to my studio I can work on the aspects of the scene I really like, ...

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