Monthly Archives: October 2017

Aquabord Seminar in Sedona


The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS) in Sedona, AZ recently invited me to present a seminar on how and why I use Aquabord™ for my watercolor paintings. I’ve been painting with watercolors for nearly 15 years, and started using standard watercolor papers. About 7 years ago, I read an article about Aquabord as an alternative surface and decided to give it a try…I’ve been using it ever since!

The NAWS seminar was part of the society’s regular monthly meeting and over 50 watercolor artists turned out on a beautiful Sedona morning. At the beginning of my presentation, I asked the group how many had used Aquabord, and a few hands went up. At the conclusion of the seminar, I asked how many now thought they would give Aquabord a try and nearly everyone enthusiastically raised their hands.

So, what’s so special about Aquabord as a watercolor surface? Here are just a few features:

  • Aquabord is an acid-free clay, textured surface coated on to a hard board – very similar to a fine 140-lb watercolor paper. The hard board makes the clay surface durable with no chance of tearing or wrinkling.
  • You can apply paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush or glaze
  • Colors remain bright and dry lighter
  • You can use frisket, scrub the surface or even sand it for a finer texture
  • Unlike traditional watercolor paper, you can remove paint by scrub brush or angular brush for the appearance of fine lines or highlights
  • You can remove all the paint if necessary right down to the white board – easy to erase mistakes
  • Once your painting is complete, you varnish the surface – no mat or glass is required, just slip it into a frame

I’d like to thank NAWS for their invitation to speak to their group. For more information about NAWS go to their web site:

For more information about Aquabord, go to their site:


In the interest of full disclosure, I am NOT a representative or paid spokesperson for Aquabord or its manufacturer (Ampersand™). I simply find this product to be the best surface for my style of detailed watercolor painting.

Here are a few photographs of the seminar and some of the attendees:




Posted in Associations, Events

First Place Award Announced

I’m delighted to let you know I recently received the First Place Award in the third annual ART in pARTnership III juried fine art exhibit and sale. This exhibit is sponsored by the Arizona Art Alliance, a state-wide group of nearly 20 of the most prestigious art groups in Arizona. Two of my recent works were juried into the show – “Spring Break” and “Cactus Wren in Cholla Blossoms”. The “Cactus Wren in Cholla Blossoms” painting was awarded the first place prize.

First Place - Cactus Wren in Cholla Blossoms

First Place – Cactus Wren in Cholla Blossoms


"Spring Break"

Spring Break


At the artist's reception

At the artist’s reception

I’ve recently been experimenting with oil instead of my usual watercolor medium. The Cactus Wren painting was my first serious work in this new media, and I think I’ll be using oils more and more over the coming months.

The exhibit continues through October 26 at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art in north Scottsdale (34250 North 60th Street, Bldg. B, Scottsdale, AZ). I hope that many of you will take the time to visit this exhibit and enjoy a wide selection of the work of some of Arizona’s best artists.

Posted in Events, New Works