For Artists

Gerry Niskern
View Artwork by Gerry Niskern

High above the city of Phoenix, overlooking the vast valley floor that is becoming increasingly reminiscent of Los Angeles, lives an artist whose vision of the southwest is filled with dream like fantasies.

Gerry feels that watercolor is both an exciting and difficult medium. She says, "I'm considered a 'purist' in the sense that I work from light to dark, saving my white paper for the white passages I wish to show in the image. I use two opaque whites. The majority of my watercolors are started by totally wetting down the French made paper on both sides and working quickly from wet to dry. It is a wet medium, and it should have a wet appearance. I should have a wet, watery quality."

Gerry is a juried member of the Arizona Watercolor Association and the Arizona Artist Guild. Her subject matter includes landscapes, seascapes still lifes and florals. Her love is to take a subject and translate it into flexible and willing to go with the flow of the medium. She is a big imagination and likes to use it.

Creating the details of a picture takes the mind of a technician and the vision of an artist. She paints the landscapes of the Southwest with the ethereal quality that dominates her mental images of the landscapes she has come to love and cherish.

Water color is an exciting medium. It requires quick decisions, a sense of adventure and a great amount of flexibility... I love the challenge this vibrant and transparent medium offers! I always try to create something different and new that no one else has done.

No matter how many years I've been painting, I still get excited when I start a new piece. Watercolor is a wet medium and should have a wet appearance. I completely wet down the paper and 'float' the paint on the surface. To increase the appearance of fluidity in my colors I mix the colors on the paper. I love the depth that is achieved when glaze is applied. Always a purist, I accept the challenge of 'saving' the white paper for my whites and using no opaques to dull the vibrancy of my paintings.

I grew up in Arizona and love to portray the west from it's sparkling desert sands and canyons, the indian pueblos and cliff dwellings to the aspen forests of the north.

-- Gerry Niskern

Prints Shown: Top Right - Cliff Moon, Bottom Left - Ancient Pots

Home | About Us | Search for Artwork | Artists | Contact Us
Featured Artwork | Featured Artist | Links