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Focused Still-Life: Watercolor Art by Gary R. Huff

A watercolor painting of a wall lamp by Gary HuffLamp, watercolor on Arches 100% cotton rag paper

Gary R. Huff is a watercolor artist currently located in Culpeper, Virginia. Gary’s paintings are detailed and figurative, usually focusing in on a single subject, creating focused still-life and portrait paintings of a variety of subjects.


A watercolor painting of a stone house in rural VirginiaStone House in Manassas, Virginia, limited edition print

I quite enjoy the way Gary utilizes negative space in his works – even in landscape paintings where the subject includes a forested area or a grassy field, the artist tends to leave some white space toward the edges of his page. I find this really adds to the sense of focus in Gary’s works, and increases the appearance of lighting and depth.


A screen capture of Gary R. Huff's artist portfolio websiteGary's artist website


Gary’s subject matter ranges from landscapes to architecture to animals, though the artist seems to have a particular affinity for the latter. Whether he’s painting a small bird or a lion, the artist uses the same smooth, patient brush marks to coax the most detail out of the medium. Standing against simple, clean backgrounds, these animals portraits take on a wonderful elegance. 


A watercolor painting of a lion by Gary R. HuffLion, watercolor on Arches 100% cotton rag paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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