A strong interest in Japanese art led me to study Japanese and then Chinese painting history, techinques, compositional principles, tools and materials. I found that the use of ink as a primary medium is fully as expressuve as color, and that the use of Asian brushes according to Asian brush techniques, as well as the use of Asian papers and compositional concepts with both ink and watercolor, allows a range, variety and depth of expression exceeding that possible with Western materials and techniques.
About the Artist
Gary Clapp moved to the Grand Valley from New Hampshire. He has worked in watercolor for 20+ years and in the Eastern tradition for 15 years. Gary has taught sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) and Chinese painting classes and workshops, has taught how to adapt Japanese and Chinese painting techniques to subject matter such as western landscapes. He has demonstrated these painting methods on community television.