I’m pleased to note that this piece, “Hummer III” has found its new forever home through the Jeni Benos Gallery located in The Greenbrier Art Colony Shops on Alabama Row at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

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19″ x 25″  Watercolor

My  “Pond Series” is a series of spontaneous watercolors Inspired by wildlife and nature sightings in and around the pond on my parent’s farm with the plethora of sights, sounds, smells, and textures found in and around them.  I capture the momentary microcosm that caught my attention; the light, reflections, wildlife, and/or atmosphere through the organic and lively textures.

These paintings highlight my love for local Virginia native wildlife and expressing this through using both lively color choices and vibrating textures.  The subjects in these paintings were not drawn but were literally “lifted” from a mono-print “like” background created by flipping the dampened paper and wet pigment multiple times on an acrylic/plastic surface, mixing colors and shapes both front and back.  I then developed the compositions using both additive and subtractive watercolor techniques to achieve the unique and bold depiction of my subjects with vivid colors of transparent and opaque watercolors.

“Hummer III” is the third of the series depicting a macro view of these tiny creatures.  Although small in size they are mighty and resilient personalities to watch!  This painting hones in on a hummingbird in flight.  It was particularly fun to develop the impression of the transparent wings in rapid motion.  I pulled from multiple reference photos of hummingbirds at my feeders for inspiration.


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