12 x 16
Every year I go to Kelowna, BC to visit family and get some blasting sunshine. And every year I pay a visit to Tutt Art Galleries to check out the latest works by H.E. Kuchein, Min Ma, Brent Lynch and other excellent artists. So it is with great pleasure that I can now say that my paintings are hanging in Tutt alongside these painters' works.
The gallery is carrying a new series that I've been working on this summer and one that I'm pleased with. I spent the summer teaching myself how to paint water in a way that showed its sparkle, depth and variety. It was a long and often frustrating process and I wiped off much more than I kept. Then, something clicked and I felt like I was achieving what I was after. The secret was simple: lots of paint and lots of colour. I also make sure to use both warm and cool colours in the water; this makes a believable effect in a way that just using different blues and greens can't.
Then I incorporated figures - my favorite subject - into the water and felt that I was onto something that made me happy. My debt is to Sorolla and Potthast in these scenes of children, sunshine and water, and the series is a natural for a part of the country that is famous for its beach culture.
If you're passing through the Okanagan Valley, I hope you'll stop in and check it out for yourself!