2016 · flowers · Landscape & Architecture · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor

St. Nicholas Basilica, Amsterdam

Taken from my own reference photo, this simplified watercolor of the famous St. Nicholas Basilica brings back some contented memories of my time in Amsterdam. 6x6" Watercolor on Paper Signed JBray

2016 · people · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor

One in Six Million

Although this is an unusually macabre subject for me, it has its poignancy. In 2016, I visited Paris and toured the catacombs beneath the city. The skeletons of six million people -- the contents of several cemeteries and churches, victims of the plague and French Revolution, and victims of other natural and, often obviously unnatural,… Continue reading One in Six Million

2016 · people · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor

Quinceañera Portrait

This lovely portrait commissioned for a quinceañera was a pleasure to portray in light colored spring colors in watercolor. Quinceañeras are birthday celebrations of the Mexican culture that celebrate a young girl's graduation to womanhood, and are marked with a large party, lavish dresses, dancing and music, and are a very special occasion for every… Continue reading Quinceañera Portrait

2015 · Landscape & Architecture · Nature · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor

Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle, a high point in the parkway with beautiful 360 degree views, is a favorite sunset spot to hike for meditative moments with family or lovers. On one hike, the skies were clear and the sunset brilliant; the rhododendrons were not yet in bloom and there was still a chill in the air. These… Continue reading Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

2015 · blue · flowers · green · Landscape & Architecture · people · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor · yellow

Coneflowers on the Parkway

I am incredibly blessed to live within a couple of miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway as it passes through Asheville, North Carolina. Up here, the mountains provide some breathtaking vistas, and the parkway provides access to some choice locations to sit and ponder. It is a spiritual, calming experience for me. In parts, the… Continue reading Coneflowers on the Parkway

2003 · blue · green · Miniatures (under 5") · Paintings · Parrots · Small Format (5-20") · Watercolor · yellow

Blue and Gold Macaw

I love parrots. They are incredibly complex, emotional creatures, and they have a powerful weapon right on their face. They fit into our lives, learning our language, understanding our non-verbal cues better than we do ourselves. It is all in the eyes. There are thoughts forming and connections developing every second.  I can just imagine… Continue reading Blue and Gold Macaw