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Tony has always found the act of creation and making marks on paper totally absorbing. As a youngster, he spent a good deal of time drawing and painting the natural world around him. Most drawings and paintings from that time were of landscapes and seascapes – subjects that continue to be his most favorite - and reflected both an interest in the natural and built worlds and a strong attraction to the quality of light.
Tony is primarily a self-taught artist. He has worked in a variety of media over the years, but has been a dedicated watercolorist for more than twenty years. He continues to work in other media and with different subjects – a practice that both challenges and enhances creativity and artistic perspective.
Tony’s works exhibit a range of representational expression, but common to all is a concern for the quality of light and its effects on form, color and texture. Many of his works are completely focused on the quality of light itself. His paintings are constructed by transforming individual elements into broad shapes of color and value. In the depiction and feeling of light, his paintings contrast the elements of color, value and transparency.
His watercolor technique follows the traditions of many of early masters of the medium,
but also incorporates bolder elements from the modern approach. The result is a unique
and expressive style which depicts a strong sense of light through the interaction of sharp value and temperature contrasts as well as a creative use of color.
Expressing the rural landscape of New England and Vermont in particular has been the focus of Tony’s work for most of the last 15 years. More recent works are a diverse mixture which includes the rural landscape, “view from the garden” florals, as well as that of his new-old favorite - the seascape.
A native of Winchester, Virginia, Tony currently works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
"Just a note to again say 'thanks so very much' for your assisting me in being able to purchase a Deb Pendell piece...when visiting the area again, I will make sure to stop by and hopefully support the Co-op once more."