Materials and Process
I feel it is important to use the highest quality materials available so that my work will be lasting and integrally sound. To achieve this, I use only professional watercolor paint, including Sennelier and Maimeri Blu, with the highest lightfast ratings. This means the colors in my paintings should not fade with time. I use traditional sable watercolor brushes as well as squirrel quills. I paint many layers of color on Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton hot press watercolor paper, which is a beautiful archival paper. I purchase large rolls in both 140lb. and 300lb. weights and cut the paper to size. My largest paintings are done on the heavy 300lb. paper. After I have completed a painting, I then apply a coat of Gamblin's cold wax medium, which is a combination of beeswax, resin, and mineral spirits. The mineral spirits evaporate and leave a beautiful, soft luster. This wax layer, which has a faint and pleasant honey scent, helps to protect the painting from moisture so that framing behind glass is not necessary. I then mount the painting onto a wood panel with a combination of Lineco archival adhesive and Golden's heavy acrylic medium. Most of the panels I use are 1.5 inch deep. Larger panels have extra bracing on the back. I then trim the edges, paint the sides, and apply another coat of wax to the painting. Depending on the painting, I sometimes leave the edges of the panel unpainted and apply the wax to show the beauty of the natural wood. I then wire the board and the painting is complete and ready to hang. The completed look has a clean contemporary feel. Further framing is not necessary unless desired by the patron.