Explore Watercolors by Arlene
Arlene was a visual artist, educator, and professional watercolorist. Arlene had become a highly accomplished watercolorist and lifelong educator, prior to her death in 2019. Married to the love of her life for more than fifty years, Arlene and Peter travelled frequently throughout the United States and Europe. Arlene always carried her paints, paper, sketch pads, and ever-ready camera to document her travels. She focused her paintings primarily on water, light, and air and enjoyed painting “en plein air.” Their content often depicted ocean imagery of the Atlantic and Pacific shorelines as well as the shores of the Caribbean Sea. In addition, Arlene visited her ancestral homeland, Rathlin Island, located between Scotland and Ireland and painted her ancestral home and surrounding landscape.
Arlene loved light and color and was always very aware of the “white space” that she saw. In Arlene’s words, “White spaces are those of greatest light, where on my paper’s surface I have chosen to place no pigment at all. By holding back the pigment, I am allowing my images to ‘breathe’ and ‘open up’ on their own. I believe the white spaces help bring my ‘plein air’ experiences alive.”