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I work in watercolors and gouache (opaque watercolors) on paper stretched over canvas. This allows me to work on a grand scale without the constraints of traditional framing. The negative tree shapes are created by painting on a latex resist (watercolor masking fluid) in the shape of a tree (similar to batik). After successive layers of latex and watercolor I peel back the latex revealing the tree shapes I protected underneath (like removing a stencil). The paintings are then sealed with a UV protective sealant and edged in metal.