1. What kind of Watercolor Paper do you use and why?
I use Arches 140 Cold Press Watercolor Paper when I paint landscapes as this paper
holds the water longer allowing me to blend the paint more easily for the effect I
want to create in my landscapes. It really allows for more flexibility and gives me
more opportunity to paint, blending my soft and hard edges to create the painting I
want to achieve.
I use Arches 300 Cold Press Watercolor Paper when I paint my cityscapes as it is
stronger and more absorbent. This prevents the paint from bleeding when I need a
sharper edge which is very important with such detailed work. I can still blend but I
have more control over the paint and water which is very necessary in this style of
2. What type or brands of watercolor paint do you use?
I have had great results with the Winsor Newton Watercolor Paints. They
have an excellent selection of colors and therefore allow me to blend from this
selection to create other colors I need and want. I also use Daniel Smith Watercolor
Paints when I am looking for a particular color that only this line carries.
3. How long does it take you to paint a painting?
This is the question that I am asked most often. I like most artists prefer to answer
this question with the number of years they have been painting This is because
the completion of a painting is not something that can be measured in the moment.
Each painting is part of a longer journey that has allowed you to arrive at that artistic
place in time. I know my cityscapes are much more labour intensive and take at
least 80 hours to complete. I am a realistic artist and these paintings are very
4. Why is framing so expensive?
A watercolor painting requires framing to protect it and to add to the beauty of the
painting. Depending on your choice of matting, the type of glass, the cost of the
frame and the labour to put it together determines the cost of the framing. However
purchasing art is an investment that you want to showcase and preserve and is well
worth the investment. Original art deserves the best.
5. Why did you choose the medium of watercolor over acrylics, oils or pastels?
I absolutely love watercolor painting. When I chose to pursue watercolor painting
I was told it was the most difficult medium to paint. I didn’t care as I loved the
wonderful effects you can achieve with watercolor that no other medium can. Yes it
it is challenging but it is worth it. You cannot paint over a mistake like you can in oil
or acrylics but you learn to work with it and I have learned some great ways to
problem solve and create something far better and unique in the process.