David L. Stickel – Artist Statement
Known for my representational watercolors of reflections, especially windows that portray life stories and a sense of mystery, I’m fascinated by complex compositions. I love to create paintings few artists would even consider because of their overwhelming detail. Because of their confusing imagery and complexity, I’ve referred to some compositions as “headaches,” but I truly love laboring over the detail! In fact, a man viewing one of my works at an American Watercolor Society Exhibition was overwhelmed by the amount of detail and commented to me: “I’ll tell ya’ one thing. Whoever painted this needs therapy!” He was serious! I asked him why he thought that and he replied, “Anyone who’d take the time to paint all that detail—clearly needs counseling.” Moments later he was embarrassed to learn that I was the artist! What I really wanted to say to him was that, for me, painting all of that detail is therapy!
I hold signature member status with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society, Southern Watercolor, and Watercolor Society of NC (Master Status). My work has been published in 15 editions of “Splash” and featured in numerous national/international watercolor magazines. My work has been selected for exhibitions in Canada, China, England, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Taiwan and is cherished in private collections around the world. For more information and a closer look at my work, please visit my website. www.davidlstickel.com
One Thousand Oceans (38x56cms)
''Window Shopping-Carcassonne'', watercolor on Arches 300 lb. Cold-Press paper using Daniel Smith paint and Kolinsky (Rhapsody) brushes