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Water Ways Series: Watery Roads

Image of Nara tossing water from a bucket onto a canvas, mimicking painting water.

I have been painting water for my entire life. Water is forever changing, and so is my approach to painting it...sometimes bird's-eye view, sometimes fisheye's-view. I like to catch the sunlight and moonlight on the water using gold and silver leaf. I like being figurative and fantastic, but I like to reflect the subtleties of realism in the water, also. I love watching the surf roll in on the beach or crash against coastal rocks throwing a rainbow of spray. I never tire of looking at the sunlight on the water, nor the moonlight for that matter. The Water Ways Series is about the ways I paint water.

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Testament of the Wind

This is my third painting of the sandstone cliffs and formations at Timber Cove, on the Sonoma Coast. The forms created by the wind are fascinating and a delight to explore. I return there often.
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Testament of the Wind
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,800
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$175

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Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Testament of the Wind
Watercolor on Silk     17.5" x 16.5"
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Everywhere, All At Once

When I lived on the Mendocino coast I walked on the beach daily. The coast there is wild, the waves are powerful and the currents are strong. The rock formations are unique there, something about their shape and what they are made of create a distinct water display. As the waves crash over the rocks the water streams down the rocks, following time-worn crevices. I was mesmerized by these continuously changing waterfalls, the more I watched them the more I wanted to do a painting featuring them. I titled this painting "Everywhere, All At Once" because the water is going in every direction, there are five types of water movement in this painting. I loved the challenge of capturing the explosive power and chaos of the ocean breaking on the northern California coast.
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Everywhere, All At Once
Framed Original Watercolor
$2,800
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$300

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Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Everywhere, All At Once
Watercolor on Paper    21" x 29.5"
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Crashing Down

This painting was created from my imagination, based on a collage of memories of the waterfalls of Hawaii and Fiji. In my childhood the wilderness was my playground. It taught me many lessons; How to swim across a swirling river below a waterfall, without being carried away; how to clamber on wet rocks, how to appreciate the myriad forms of life in the world around me, how to sit and listen to the song of the water as it flowed by me. I give thanks to these special places.
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Crashing Down
Framed Watercolor on Silk
$1,800
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$200

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Crashing Down
Watercolor on Silk    28" x 18"
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Smithereened

Observing the movement and patterns of water is a favorite pastime of mine. There are so many paintings of the ocean and breaking waves, many of them featuring the classic barrel wave. I am into depicting familiar scenes in ways that are different or unexpected. I wanted to paint the kind of wave explosion that creates a fine mist, where the wave is no longer one solid shape, but has become countless particles of water. I wanted the viewer to almost feel the moisture coming off of this wave, and feel the pull of the water around their ankles as the water is drawn back out.
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Smithereened
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$200

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Smithereened
Watercolor on Paper    15" x 22"
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Salmon Creek

This is a small hamlet of houses tucked between the outlet of Salmon Creek and the Pacific Ocean. Driving north on Highway 1 there is a bridge that looks directly across the creek to this cluster of homes. I was struck by this spot, it evoked something in me. When I lived in Bodega Bay I would often stop by the bridge and spend time looking at this fishing village lost in time kind of place. This painting is on silk, and is one of my most detailed reflection studies. I spent days making tiny strokes to create the reflection of the houses and the sky on the water. It became almost abstract as I worked on it. The best review I had of this painting was when it was hanging at an art show in Marin County. I was standing near the painting when a group of school children walked up to it. They didn’t know I was the artist and talked excitedly about the piece. They started imagining things about the houses, stories, and wonderings. I stood there and thought Yes, this is it! This is genuine. The painting is setting off their imagination.
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Salmon Creek
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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$250

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Salmon Creek
Watercolor on Silk    18" x 31"
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Reflection on Pudding Creek

Pudding Creek meets the Pacific at Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. There is an old wooden train trestle that crosses over it and provides bird’s-eye views of the beach below. When the tide is low water stands very still on the beach and reflects the sky above the ocean like a mirror.
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Reflection on Pudding Creek
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$1,600
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$200

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Reflection on Pudding Creek
Watercolor on Silk    26.5" x 13.5"
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Napali

This painting was inspired by walking the Napali coast trail on the north shore of Kauai. It had rained recently and the trail was muddy as it wound its way through the jungle. Walking beneath trees with large green leaves, in the shade and humidity, the pungent smell of vegetation enveloped me. Then, a bright clearing as I came around a bend. The sun was out briefly, casting its light long across the ocean. The water was lit up closest to the coastline, adding extra drama to the points of land. It was one of those quintessential Hawaiian days, the weather was changing every few minutes. Each time the sun came out from behind the clouds it changed the entire look and feel of the coastline. This is what I wanted to convey in this painting.
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Napali
Framed Watercolor on Silk
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$200

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Napali
Watercolor on Silk    20.5" x 16"
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Rise and Fall

This painting depicts a small slip of beach between large rocks as a wave rolls in. I was captivated watching the force and pattern of the water as it rushed in to the beach through this narrow space. I wanted to capture the subtlety of the whitewater, as well as the riot of activity as the wave splashed onto the rocks. I painted this on white silk. In order to preserve the white spaces for the water I had to paint in reverse. I started with painting only what was not the wave, carefully painting the edges of the water, the shadows, but not the whitewater itself. It was an interesting and challenging process. I titled this painting "Rise and Fall", acknowledging the Pacific waves that mirror the rhythm of all of life.
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Rise and Fall
Framed Watercolor on Silk
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$200

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Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Rise and Fall
Watercolor on Silk    24" x 17"
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Sea of Bliss

I was thinking about how would like to paint three persimmons. The persimmons represent the three stations of the heart in Adi Da’s Teaching. The next thing I knew I had the design right there in my mind’s eye. All of the elements were there, which is unusual in my process. I immediately made a sketch of the design. The rolling ocean of patterned waves is the depth, the sea of bliss. The stylized gold leaf cloud represents spirit, breath, or air. The cloud moves across and behind the three persimmons, or the heart. The sun is light or radiance. The two triangles coming down are composed of paisley patterns. Winding around the paisley patterns are the words of the Beloved, I Am Da letter written by Adi Da in 1979. I was able to copy His handwriting directly from a copy of the letter that was given to devotees at that time.
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Sea of Bliss
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Sea of Bliss
Watercolor on Paper     13.5" x 20"
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Minds-Eye View

I greatly admire and am influenced by Japanese woodblock artists. This scene was from my "minds-eye view", in homage to those masters of the woodblock prints. Katsushika Hokusai, Hiroshi Yoshida, Ohara Koson, and Kawase Hasui, to name a few. In the spirit of those influences the rocks and water are highly stylized and the colors of the sky are the classic hues of the sunset over the ocean. The tree growing out of the rock looks impossible, but these things really do happen, and I always marvel at their ability to thrive when I see trees like this.
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Minds-Eye View
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$100

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Minds-Eye View
Watercolor on Paper    10" x 12"
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Drifted in the Deeper Land

A window looking beyond the pond.
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Drifted in the Deeper Land
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Drifted in the Deeper Land
Watercolor on Paper     15" x 22"
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Knee-Deep in Spring

Knee Deep in Spring is conjured from my imagination, but once it was finished it reminded me of a place on Kauai that I loved when I was growing up, and I still do. It is a place called "Strong Knees", a small waterfall in the Wailua River behind Da Love-Ananda Mahal.
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Knee-Deep in Spring
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Knee-Deep in Spring
Watercolor on Paper     15" x 22"
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Timber Cove II

This is one of our favorite spots on the Sonoma Coast. The drama of light on these large sandstone rocks is quite intriguing. The rocks have been carved, worn, eroded and polished through time and the pressure of weather. Against the backdrop of the blue Pacific the yellow rock is punctuated with deep shadows. This was my second Timber Cove painting, and I bet you that there are more to come.
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Timber Cove II
Framed Original Watercolor
$3,500

Timber Cove II is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is made of quilted maple, lacewood, and ebony with sterling silver hardware. Decorative paper backs the painting.

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Limited Edition Giclée Print
$300

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

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Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Timber Cove II
Watercolor on Silk    30" x 17.5"    Frame 38.5" x 25"
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Wandering a Nameless Stream

Did you ever spend time wandering in the woods or the mountains with no destination or purpose in mind? I loved doing this as a child, it was something I did often, and I called it “wandering time”. Sometimes, I would find a special spot, and I would linger there to take in the small details and feel of it. Other times I would walk slowly and quietly, not stopping, but at a pace where I was engaged with my surroundings. Not thinking, just being alive in the wilderness. This was delightful to me. This painting is an imagined place, inspired by that wandering activity. I wanted to put the viewer at a bugs-eye view, as if you were quite small and very close to the flowers and water.
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Wandering a Nameless Stream
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,500
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$200

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Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Wandering a Nameless Stream
Watercolor on Paper    15" x 22"     23" x 29"
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Watery Road

This extraordinary scene is a watercolor of a photograph that my brother-in-law, Michael Kodas took of a river in New Hampshire at sunset...no manipulation. Michael is a celebrated photographer, author, journalist, and teacher. He is a very interesting guy, and I suggest you check out his work.
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Watery Road
Limited Edition Giclée Print
$200

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Watery Road
Watercolor on Silk     20.5" x 12"