As a watercolorist, I am something of an oddity – my paintings are created in the photorealist style rather than the loose wash usually associated with watercolor. I want the end result to be as faithful a representation of the original scene as possible.Photorealism suits me perfectly since I am by nature a rather conservative person. I love to study, discover, and then recreate all the detail I see in my subject matter. Highlights and shadows, smoothness and wrinkles, sparkles, shine, textures, volume – I take note of it all and how everything interacts so that I can produce a faithful version on paper. I love noodling in all that detail and creating a painting that reflects reality. To borrow a phrase from Shakespeare, I “hold a mirror up to nature”.
Although I find inspiration from many different sources, I gravitate to still lifes so that I can take multiple photos of my set-up and then work directly from the individual items. And I love to work with lots of color! Lollipops, candies, fruits and vegetables and brightly patterned china are the items that populate a majority of my works.