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The Watercolour Medium Portfolio of Travis Poelle

A watercolour painting of a man with his face partly in shadowPurple Haze, watercolour

Travis Poelle is a watercolour painter who uses his chosen medium to depict slice-of-life scenes, cityscapes, and figures. In his current portfolio, Travis showcases an eye for detail, and great skill and control with the watercolour medium.

A painting of a New York City taxi in front of a restaurantWinter take out, watercolour


I like the way that medium and subject matter work together in Travis’ portfolio. As we saw in our previous feature of Travis’ sunny scenes, the artist does a beautiful job of creating smooth, blended planes of colour, for images that almost look like they could have been drawn in pencil crayon or pastel. The settings found within the works, often scenes of busy city streets or parks with multiple figures, lend a certain kind of upbeat energy to the pieces.

The front page of Travis Poelle's watercolour portfolio


Travis’ use of watercolour seems to come in especially handy for scenes involving reflections or light diffusing into darkness. In works like Shot of Bourbon, the dissolving, spreading effect of the medium is beautifully used to create a reflection in a pool of water and to create a realistic glow effect for the scene’s lighting. I can’t wait to see more of what Travis has been working on in recent years!

A watercolour painting of a person's legs resting on a skateboardBoarding the Train, watercolour

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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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