Jim Oberst Watercolors

Jim Oberst Watercolors


I love to create paintings that are engaging and beautiful, paintings that awaken feelings of pleasure, fascination, curiosity. I'm particularly drawn to the landscape. I strive to record the parts of the world that I've seen in a way that its essence and spirit can be discerned and appreciated. Trees swaying in a fresh breeze, the morning light casting shadows onto butter-colored stone, the assertive clap of a boat sail catching the wind, a quiet harbor at sunset - these are the moments I try to capture in my paintings.

I was drawn to the luminosity, transparency, and spontaneity of watercolor paintings long before I began my own artistic journey. With watercolor, the various colors can mingle in soft, smooth passages, and starkly contrast with strong lights and darks in other areas of the painting. I work with creamy pigments that give smooth, rich color. My favorite brushes are soft and supple - thirsty for water and paint - they are beautiful tools to handle. The paper I use has a texture that lets me make a range of marks - soft, hard-edged, rough - bringing variety and interest to my paintings.

I'm not a solitary artist. I like sharing my paintings with others, and discussing why and how I created each one. I also enjoy teaching watercolor workshops, where I can share what I've learned with fellow artists, and also learn from them.

I live in Pataskala, Ohio. My paintings have won many awards, including first place in both the 2005 and 2007 Diamond National Juried Exhibits and the Gold Award in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists 2007 Annual Exhibit. My paintings have been featured in both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Arkansas Artists Calendars published by the Governor's Mansion Association. My watercolors can be found in private collections in 31 states and 7 countries, and in the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs. I am a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists.

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