Bill Baffa Watercolors

About the artist
The act of seeing without really seeing or noticing our everyday surroundings is the plague I think of modern life.
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Bill Baffa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) from Boston University, and has been the recipient of national and many local awards for his watercolors. Among these are the
“Best in Show” and “Honorable Mention” from the Huntington Arts Council. His paintings are in several private collections in the United States and abroad. 

Influenced by his mother, who was a successful fashion illustrator in New York City for many years, Bill painted throughout high school, college and post-college, until a successful career as an advertising art director/graphic designer and the raising of his children, left no time for painting.

With what little time he could spare,
Bill studied figure drawing with Jack Potter in the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and also studied with the renowned artist Frank Reilly, at the Frank J. Reilly School of Art in NYC.

Bill started painting again after he retired. With his wife, Arlene, Bill now travels extensively throughout the USA and abroad, always on the lookout for the unique small element within the larger view, which touches his soul, speaks to him, and whispers “paint me.” As a result, Bill paints simple but powerful images that bring to life visual nuances that would otherwise be missed by casual observers.
Some Of My Favorite Artists
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Wyeth

Andrew Newell Wyeth III was born on July 12, 1917, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the youngest of five siblings had by mother Carolyn and father N.C. Wyeth, the famed illustrator. N.C. was a major, sometimes frightening presence in the household who guided his son's artistic talents and skill. Wyeth died in Chadds Ford on January 16, 2009.

He is known for his realism in portraiture and pastorals, as seen in the iconic "Christina's World."

Andrew, who would do earlier work submitted under his father's name, took to painting using regular watercolor and dry-brush watercolor techniques, eventually adopting the tempera method. In 1936, Anrdew Wyeth had his first showing at the Art Alliance of Philadelphia; the following year, he had his debut one-man show at New York City's Macbeth Galley, where all of the pieces were immediately sold.

Wyeth wed Betsey James at the start of the new decade. Fusing personal and professional worlds, she would become his business manager and take an active interest in shaping his public image.

Wyeth garnered major acclaim with his 1948 piece, "Christina's World," showcasing a friend of Betsey's who had been stricken with polio making her way across a field without a wheelchair. He became known for both vivid landscapes and portraiture, sometimes fusing the two. Other works among scores included "Trodden Weed" (1951), "Up in the Studio" (1965; featuring his sister Carolyn), "French Twist" (1967), "The Clearing" (1979) and "The Carry" (2003).

Armstrong

Armstrong painted the life he lived on a farm in Pennsylvania, in touch with the harmony of nature and man, a harmony depicted in his paintings. Armstrong insisted on working directly from his subjects, not only to get to know the landscape intimately but to become moved by an emotion for the place. He said, "I am not interested in painting the objects. I want to paint a mood, and a mood comes from a deep and honest emotion."

Edge of Evening by David ArmstrongEducated at the Taft School, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bucknell and Indiana Universities, Armstrong painted primarily in watercolors and oils. At the age of 12, Armstrong's talent was recognized by one of America's greatest artists, Eric Sloane. Throughout Sloane's long and distinguished career, he acted as Armstrong's friend and mentor.In 1976, David assisted Eric Sloane with the panorama mural project (75 feet, 3 story) at the National Air and Space museum, Smithsonian Institute, in Washington, D.C.

Armstrong also had a long association with the prestigious Hammer Galleries in New York City, where he had several one-man sell-out shows and had the honor of having his work included in a four-man show with Eric Sloane, Bob Timberlake and Andrew Wyeth.

At the early age of 32, Armstrong was honored with a 120-piece exhibition in Pennsylvania's state museum in Harrisburg. Armstrong's works are in major corporate and private collections, including a piece in the private library of former President Bush (a gift to the President from the late Dr. Armand Hammer).

Armstrong's work portrayed the artist's own mood of "quiet stillness where fantasy and discovery of something timeless come together." He approached his work and the world he painted "in a childlike fashion, with an eternal curiosity and the belief that no discovery is ever insignificant."

Whyte

Mary Whyte (b.1953 Cleveland, Ohio) is an American watercolor artist, a traditionalist preferring a representational style, and the author of six published books, who has earned awards for her large-scale watercolors. In 2016, the Portrait Society of America chose Whyte as the 2016 recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal, their highest honor. In 2013, Whyte was awarded by the state of South Carolina, as the recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts; the highest honor given to an artist in South Carolina.

Whyte presents her large-scale watercolor portraits in museum exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally including the Working South[6] exhibition of paintings of people working in vanishing industries throughout the southern United States. "Mary Whyte is the artist of record of a changing world. . . a world she's captured in a style all her own," says CBS News. In Whyte’s Working South exhibition of 50 works that aired on CBS News, Whyte proclaimed about her work: "Getting a likeness is the easy part, making a good painting that endures, that speaks forever is the difficult part."

Mary teaches watercolor classes around the world and is the author of five nonfiction books published about her life, work, and artist instruction. A biography written about Mary titled, More Than A Likeness, The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by art curator and historian, Martha R. Severens, has also been celebrated in museum exhibitions.

Jamison

Philip Jamison was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, moving to West Chester, Pennsylvania with his mother "Daisy" before the first grade where she raised him as a single parent. When Jamison completed high school in 1943, he was drafted into the Navy. After two and half years of service, he attended college under the GI Bill. Philip Jamison graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (later known as the University of the Arts) in 1950. This is where he reconnected with childhood friend Jane Gray. They were married in 1950. Philip Jamison has three children, a son Philip III, who resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania and identical twin daughters, Linda and Terry Jamison. They are also artists, and well known as the Psychic Twins.

Jamison is an artist working primarily with watercolour as a medium. Jamison's inspiration comes mainly from the environs of his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in Vinalhaven, Maine; typical scenes are landscapes, seascapes, interiors and flower arrangements. The daisy flower was Jamison's particular favorite,

He has displayed a one-man show at the Chester County Art Association, January 2011 to March 2011, entitled Philip Jamison: Watercolors. These paintings were created during Jamison's summers in Maine. Art Critic Edward J. Sozanski wrote a critical commentary on Jamison's one man show at the Chester County Arts Association, which was extended until the end of April 2011. He wrote "The watercolors confirm the 85-year-old artist's mastery of the medium. They are tightly and economically composed and in terms of color, which he deploys judiciously, absolutely spot-on technique as far as nature is concerned". Philip Jamison has been active in showing his works of art in the Philadelphia area for many years. Most recently (2012), The Woodmere Art Museum celebrated Jamison's transformative gift of almost one hundred works of art from his collection.

Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 – 19 December 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Although Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, he is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

His work was exhibited when he was still a teenager. His entire life was devoted to his art. Unlike many artists of his era, he was successful throughout his career.

Turner's will, which was under litigation for many years, left more than 19,000 watercolors, drawings, and oils to the British nation. Most of these works are in the National Gallery and the Tate Gallery, London. Many of Turner's oils have deteriorated badly.

Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753 – October 31, 1806) was a Japanese artist. He is one of the most highly regarded designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, and is best known for his bijin ōkubi-e "large-headed pictures of beautiful women" of the 1790s. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

Little is known of Utamaro's life. His work began to appear in the 1770s, and he rose to prominence in the early 1790s with his portraits of beauties with exaggerated, elongated features. He produced over 2000 known prints and was one of the few ukiyo-e artists to achieve fame throughout Japan in his lifetime. In 1804 he was arrested and manacled for fifty days for making illegal prints made depicting the 16th-century military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and died two years later.

Utamaro's work reached Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, where it was very popular, enjoying particular acclaim in France. He influenced the European Impressionists, particularly with his use of partial views and his emphasis on light and shade, which they imitated. The reference to the "Japanese influence" among these artists often refers to the work of Utamaro.

Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai (October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849), Japan’s best known artist, is ironically Japan’s least Japanese artist. known as Hokusai. He was extremely productive (over 30,000 art works) and deeply influenced by Western art, esp. Dutch landscape and nature. In return, Hokusai’s works influenced Western artists such as Van Gogh and Whistler. Hokusai’s best-known work, and Japan’s most famous painting is “The Great Wave”, which is actually Western art seen through the style of Japanese art.

In an exhaustive 2017 feature story on Mount Fuji, Smithsonian magazine columnist Franz Lidz wrote: "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji juxtaposed the mountain’s calm permanence with the turbulence of nature and flux of daily life. The long cycle of Fuji views—which would expand to 146—began in 1830 when Hokusai was 70 and continued until his death at 88. In the first plate of his second series, One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, the mountain’s patron Shinto goddess, Konohanasakuya-hime, rises from the chaos and mists of antiquity. She embodies the center of the universe, emerging from the earth during a single night. Hokusai shows us glimpses of Fuji from a tea plantation, a bamboo grove and an old tree stump, framed by cherry blossoms, through a trellis, across a rice field, in a snowstorm, beneath the arch of a bridge, beyond an umbrella set out to dry, as a painted screen in a courtesan’s boudoir, cupped in the claw-like fume of a wave reaching its grip over fishing boats.

Hokusai created the "Thirty-Six Views" both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fine Wind, Clear Morning, that secured Hokusai’s fame both in Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, "Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai's name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series”. While Hokusai's work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition.

Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Andō Hiroshige, 1797 – 12 October 1858), was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition.

He is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō and The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō; and for his depictions of birds and flowers. The subjects of his work were atypical of the ukiyo-e genre, whose typical focus was on beautiful women, popular actors, and other scenes of the urban pleasure districts of Japan's Edo period (1603–1868). The popular Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by Hokusai was a strong influence on Hiroshige's choice of subject, though Hiroshige's approach was more poetic and ambient than Hokusai's bolder, more formal prints.

For scholars and collectors, Hiroshige's death marked the beginning of a rapid decline in the ukiyo-e genre, especially in the face of the westernization that followed the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Hiroshige's work came to have a marked influence on Western painting towards the close of the 19th century as a part of the trend in Japonism. Western artists closely studied Hiroshige's compositions, and some, such as van Gogh, painted copies of Hiroshige's prints.

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