"Shore" Watercolor Series

Most of these paintings were done in the Fall, Winter and Spring of 1995 and 1996. During this period, I was working closely with Richard Treaster who influenced my watercolor work. Mary Lou Ferbert also provided valuable criticism. The painting, "White Orchid" was developed as an assignment for her adult class at The Cleveland Institute of Art.

The geometric treatment of the leafless tree structures and landscape features harkens back to the series I did many years ago as my Master's thesis at The Ohio State University.

I am particularly drawn to the abstract forms created by the negative spaces isolating the branches, trees and objects. These create strong and subtle color modulations and contrasts that emerge from the visual unity found in the overall pattern as a composition.

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Cahoon Park Winter

This visual structure of bare limbs and branches of these trees created a strong framework suggesting the patterns and color configurations on this warm winter day.

Iris Print on Somerset Velvet Paper.
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Executive Summary

This is a studio painting made shortly after an earlier painting on site. Having carefully worked through the original, the image was still fresh in my mind and I was able to summarize the detailed work into fewer broad brush strokes which captured the essence of the scene.

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Cahoon Park Spring

My daughter Carolyn is a painter. We enjoy working together when the opportunity occurs. This was such an occasion in early spring, when the leaf buds were in color.

Iris Print on Somerset Velvet Paper.
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Electric Boulevard

I had set up my easel on the tree lawn of this location. Possibly an hour had passed when an older woman stopped to watch me paint. After several minutes she ventured to comment, "Well, maybe it will get better." The ominous power plant's towers darken the sky behind the old car barns of the Electric Interurban structure seen in red.

Iris Print on Somerset Velvet Paper.
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Image Size: 19"x28"
Paper Size: 22.5"x32.25"
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Huntmere I

It was a cold but bright winter day. Using the steering wheel to support a watercolor block, I worked from the warmth of my automobile to capture this image. I parked where a roadway dead ends at the intersection of Lake Road which follows the shoreline of Lake Erie.

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Image Size: 18"x24"
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Huntmere II

I was drawn back to the same location a few weeks after painting Huntmere I. This time geometric shapes and subtle colors of the bare winter trees caught my vision. Note that the strong structure of earlier configurations has now blended more with the snowy landscape.

Iris Print on Somerset Velvet Paper.
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Image Size: 20"x28"
Paper Size: 23.5"x32.25"
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White Orchids

White Orchids grew from a gift that my wife Jean displayed in our home. I was intrigued by the complexity of the background. The reflections on the piano's varnished surface merged with the oriental figures on the large black vase which serves as a planter for a split-leaf philodendron.

Iris Print on Somerset Velvet Paper.
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Image Size: 24"x18"
Paper Size: 28"x21"
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