Gallery: Water images

Paintings done over the summer and fall of 2011. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.

I have been fascinated by water for years. The transparency of the water and its reflective surface present endless seductive details. Deciding what to capture, and rendering it so it is believable and fresh are the primary challenges.

White beach is painted as the brilliant dawn light illuminates the shell beach, driftwood, and Madrona trees of the Pacific Northwest.

The Houghtons’ Pond series explores the tension between three surfaces: reflected sky and light, the lily pads and leaves floating on the surface of the water, and the stems and pond floor below.

Off the Dock explores the colors of the surrounding summer landscape as it reflected in the gently rippling water. Cedar trees overhang the edge of the lake, creating mysterious eddies, dark and cool. A few shafts of light penetrate below the surface revealing the warm tones of the silty lake water.

Malibu Beach was captured from a cliff overlooking the beach. Purple shadows were enveloping the cliff face, but the hillside on which we stood was covered in succulents, bright orange and green in the sunlight. A guy on a surf board played tag with a seal in the waves below us.