Inspired by Turner and Rothko

“The Lake of Zug” (1843; watercolor over graphite, 11 3/4 x 18 3/8 in.) by Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851)

The two artists that most consistently inspire me are Turner and Rothko. Though wildly different, both developed an ability to edit their paintings – eliminating all but the most important elements. And both seemed to understand how to communicate the emotional content, and the spiritual impact of light.

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“California Coast – Pebble Beach” (plein air; watercolor, 20×14 in.) by Thomas Schaller


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  1. Thomas Schaller is one of the most influential cutting edge watercolorist I have ever seen in quite a while.
    His work is inspirational and humbling at the same time. The art world is blessed to have such a talent.


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