Meet Painter Christine McNamara

Christine McNamara
Watercolor’s clarity and transparency make it the perfect medium for depicting the effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape, and it’s also a very portable medium and fun to use.  I’m fortunate to live in beautiful Sonoma County where I can find inspiring subject matter everywhere.  My landscape paintings are done on location (en plein air) with finishing touches in my studio.  I try to achieve a quality of calmness and serenity in the images while maintaining the freshness of the watercolor medium.

In addition to traditional watercolors, I also enjoy creating both abstract and representational collages. Asian papers stained with watercolors are pasted down, and then loosely painted to enhance the interesting textured surfaces. Recently I have been experimenting with painting watercolors on textured panels and the results have been very exciting. My muse for these works has been our beautiful Sonoma coast.  I know I’ll love painting more experimental works this year!