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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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