Bill Kreitlow's Profile

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Bill Kreitlow graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with a BFA in Illustration. I worked in a Washington, DC advertising agency and a design studio before starting and owning several related businesses. I recently retired after owning and running a custom picture framing and gallery business.

I am a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, having served as a Board member in the capacity of newsletter editor/designer for a number of years. I have participated in member shows and been involved in new member jurying.

In addition to my paintings, I sell small format prints produced from twenty of my original pen and ink drawings of Chesapeake Bay and tidal Potomac lighthouses.

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  • Joined November 13, 2008

Favorite materials

Arches 140lb cold press paper and Winsor Newton artist watercolors

About

Bill Kreitlow graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with a BFA in Illustration. I worked in a Washington, DC advertising agency and a design studio before starting and owning several related businesses. I recently retired after owning and running a custom picture framing and gallery business.

I am a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, having served as a Board member in the capacity of newsletter editor/designer for a number of years. I have participated in member shows and been involved in new member jurying.

In addition to my paintings, I sell small format prints produced from twenty of my original pen and ink drawings of Chesapeake Bay and tidal Potomac lighthouses.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Shortly after graduation, some frustration with the drying time of oil painting led me to turn to painting in transparent watercolors. Had acrylics been available at the time, I may have continued painting on canvas based substrates. My love, however, is watercolor and the challenges that the medium presents each time I paint.

Never able to successfully paint plein aire, I use my own photographs as subject material. Initially, I tried to let the camera do the work and establish the perfect painting composition and mood. Now the camera serves primarily as a tool to collect reference material, much of which is shot while traveling the highways and rural back roads.

As you view my watercolors, you become aware of four elements:

First, is the depth I achieve as you are drawn deeper into the painting, whether traveling along a country road, crossing a field or wetland, or standing on a ridge viewing the receding lines of mountain ranges.

Second, is the achievement of atmosphere, whether it is a humid sultry day, or the cold of a wintry afternoon, or the majestic clouds of an approaching storm touching the mountain tops.

Thirdly, is the awareness of the use of color which is clean and pure. Remove the matting and you will see how the many thin washes from a limited palette are layered one on top of another to provide the subtle color changes.

And fourthly, is the use of texture to define the surfaces, from a hand hewn fence post, to the rough surfaces of a rock wall, to the glassy smoothness of the calm water of marshy inlets.

Even though there is compositional and color planning prior to painting, my use of color is allowed to evolve as the work progresses.

In addition to my core love of landscape, I have done some still life paintings. I am also honing my skills in child and animal portraiture.

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