Brooklyn, New York
I have been painting watercolor landscapes of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts since 1999. My family has a house in Norman Rockwell’s hometown of Stockbridge. And I loved the landscape so much that I wanted to paint it. I didn’t know a thing about painting. I took a few classes with a local renown painter and lovely person Pat Hogan and she set me on my path. I paint mostly in the summers, although I also paint in the other three seasons. I employ a loose and bold style. I want my watercolors to feel there is water in them. I paint from photos and from my head and I often go back to the same favorite sights and paint them again or in a different season or year. When we don’t go up to the house for many weeks, I start to miss the place and painting. Painting is the most relaxing thing I do in my life. My work has appeared in many shows.
When I am not in the Berkshires, I am at home in Park Slope, Brooklyn with my wife and high school age daughter named Izzy. I have a day job in book publishing and, in New York City, I pursue black and white (and some color) street photography which I have been doing a lot longer than painting. In my photography, I turn the lens on people. I have photographs in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and the New York Public Library. I am also a published poet with many volumes of poetry in print.
Winter Near Monument Mountain
30" x 22"
Watercolourist, watercolor painting, landscapes, seasons
Brooklyn, NY Artist #MattBialer