Copyright c 2015 John Gilbert. All Rights Reserved.
Hopi Girl, Gallup, NM
Original watercolor. Framed 42" x 34"
Florida Watercolor Society
Central Florida Watercolor Society
ohn's paintings are attempts to illustrate the experiences in his life. He prefers to produce a
representation of the experiences, rather than a photographic reproduction. He introduces
artistic expressions that enhance the main composition and enjoys experimenting with faux colors and textures, tweaking the original subject content to produce a representational effect with an editorial statement.
His watercolors begin by exploring his surroundings, whether it is across the road, or down the road. He does a site search, some photography of the main subject as well as supporting elements and some quick sketches. The first step to his watercolor - a light pencil sketch - combines compositions found at the site and other related elements from previous research. A more formal pencil sketch is developed. The palette is selected and under-painting begins.
John has received numerous commissions and his paintings continue to win awards in juried exhibitions state-wide. He is a 1970 graduate of Florida State University with a Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design, He is a member of Florida Watercolor Society, (FWS) and the Central Florida Watercolor Society, (CFWS). A passionate angler, John is a member of Backcountry Flyfishing Association, Coastal Conversation Association, CCA, and The International Game Fish Association, IGFA, and contributes his artwork to fund-raising events and tournaments to support important marine conservation causes.