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I choose to work in transparent watercolor, a decidedly non-traditional medium for such large and complex compositions, and share this “genre” with few other artists.  Most who work on such a large scale simplify their subject matter, or use another medium.   I feel that by using watercolor, I have control of all stages of translucency, from light and airy color to fully intense color. Watercolor allows me to render bright, shiny highlights and deep shadows without  layers of paint that might  intrude upon the flatness of the paper surface and be distracting. Indeed, the paper itself becomes the brightest white highlights, because I never use white paint—it’s too opaque. Color placement, contrast between light and dark, and my attention to the “edges” of the objects make the key pieces of the still life stand out and demand attention. 


                                                                                   

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