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Landscapes & Water Paintings | 25 Images

I LOVE painting Pcific Northwest Landscapes. I've been living in Washington State nearly all my life and most of my scenes are from around the PNW. My father was a great lover of nature, a painter and photographer and has passed this legacy on to me. My work starts with an incredible sight that makes me stop and take photographs with my trusty, always-with=me camera. I begin by using multiple photo references and sketching out many designs before choosing the strongest compostion.

I don't have an exact method that I use for every single painting. Each design seems to demand a slightly different approach. I do love to use strong color and high contrast. I love letting the strokes from the brush show up big and clear. I try very hard not to let every detail overtake my painting so that the viewer can fill in some of these for themselves-- often I take my glasses off when I'm painting so I can't even see the detail let alone add them! Each painting takes several weeks of pokeing and shaping it into the very best painting I can create.

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Marina Moorings
Marina Moorings
Fair Winds
Fair Winds
Sound View
Sound View
Song of Companionship
Song of Companionship
Commission
Commission
Commission
Commission
A Little Beach Walk
A Little Beach Walk
Painted for the Kirkland Arts Center auction ARTbeat 2015
Painted for the Kirkland Arts Center auction ARTbeat 2015
Happy Hour
Happy Hour
Elements of Summer
Elements of Summer
Red Adirondacks and Green Umbrella
Red Adirondacks and Green Umbrella
Red Adirondacks and Red Umbrella
Red Adirondacks and Red Umbrella
Reflect
Reflect
Floating Life
Floating Life
The Right Field
The Right Field
On the Rocks
On the Rocks
Ride the River
Ride the River
Chant of the Arbor
Chant of the Arbor
Take Me Home
Take Me Home
One Foot on the Path
One Foot on the Path
Gift of Green
Gift of Green
Wearing White
Wearing White
Happy Trails
Happy Trails
Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound
Rocky Path
Rocky Path