James C Varnum

Artist Statement

"I call myself an 'experimental watercolorist.' I do so because my approach to the medium is anything but traditional.
 
My paintings are combinations of layered colors, movements and various textures on traditional watercolor papers and on surfaces such as Yupo and Terra-Skin. I use a variety of materials to create texture: plastic wrap, waxed paper, masking fluid, salt, and spray bottles with water or alcohol.  I move the pigment with various tools including brushes, combs, squeegees, and palette knives. Finally, I add lines and marks with ink or graphite.

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