I paint in watercolor because I like to watch the paint move on its own over wet paper. My goal is to leave only passages of color and no trace of the brushes that suggested them.
My original artworks are created with watercolor and ink on Arches watercolor paper. Arches watercolor paper is acid-free, cotton-based, and museum quality. I create my work with archival inks and professional grade watercolor pigments. I recommend displaying my watercolors on paper in a frame with glass and a mat. Each of my original works include a signed certificate of authenticity.
Many of my larger works are mounted to a cradled basswood panel and finished with a UV-resistant varnish, acrylic, and wax mediums.
Panels make my art sturdy and easy to transport. They allow me to work bigger.
I begin by painting the backs and sides of basswood panels with latex paint. The paint gives the wood a finished look and a barrier from dirt and moisture.
I glue the watercolor paper to a finished wood panel with permanent glue. I paint directly on the paper in inks and watercolor.
Once complete, I spray the watercolor with several coats of UV-protective varnish. I finish with acrylic and wax mediums for a semi-gloss finish that protects the art and accentuates the texture of the ink lines and watercolor washes.
Glass and framing are not required for my mounted works. Avoid extreme heat, anything over 200 degrees Fahrenheit or 90 degrees Celsius may melt the wax medium topcoat. Avoid displaying any original artworks in high-moisture areas such as bathrooms; over time moisture can warp the wood. To dust, wipe lightly with a soft lint free cloth. Soft buffing can also be done 2-3 times a year: I buff my works with a used dryer sheet to clean and bring the wax finish to a shine.