Representational watercolors and other media

Massachusetts, United States · 91 Sales


Representational watercolors and other media

Massachusetts, United States 91 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Note from shop owner I'm unable to fulfill orders until October 12. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 22, 2016

I'm unable to fulfill orders until October 12. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Steve Hamlin

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Steve Hamlin


Watercolors and Me

I love watercolors. They can be either friendly collaborator or unforgiving, mischievous gremlin, and I love both the challenge and the happy accidents.

My subject matter reflects three life-long passions: nature, history, and architecture. I have lived most of my life in New England, and I derive tremendous satisfaction from capturing images of my home region and from the travel that my wife, Linda and I enjoy doing together. In our daily lives, as well as our travels, Linda and I strive to capture the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, she as a photographer, and I through my paintings.

I paint strictly in watercolor, in a style that lies somewhere between impressionistic and photo-realistic. I aim for an accurate representation of my subject, building each painting on a foundation of careful draftsmanship. I develop my paintings with a steady succession of washes, bold brush work and glazes, followed by more precise calligraphic strokes, while allowing my medium the freedom to impart its own vibrant flavor to the work. I love the transparency and immediacy of watercolors.

I was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, but I spent most of my formative years in Springfield, Massachusetts. My painting career began when, at the age of fourteen, I took an adult watercolor class at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield in the summer of 1969 - the same summer as the first moon landing. My grandmother bought me all the materials required for the class. Without her support and encouragement, I might never have become a painter.

I painted quite a lot as a teenager, then not at all for a number of years. Around 1980, I began painting again, developing a fairly substantial body of work over the next couple of years, much of which was purchased by collectors. Within a few years, newly married with a new home and financial responsibilities, painting time was squeezed out.

In 2007, more mature and established in my life, I found I missed the creative outlet that painting had previously provided me. I pulled out my old easel, my brushes (some of which I've had since I took my first watercolor class, many years ago), and my paints and paper. I have painted steadily since.

I have been fortunate to be able to make my living in creative pursuits throughout my life. But, most of my creativity has been channeled into realizing other people’s visions. Having reawakened the painter in me, I have committed myself to a pursuit of my own vision.

Other than the one class I took many years ago, I am self-taught. I count Winslow Homer and Arthur Guptill among my many influences. My dear aunt, Frances Avery – an oil painter in Charlemont, MA - was a childhood inspiration and has continued to encourage me in adulthood. I have also been fortunate to meet many fine contemporary painters who have helped to shape my painting career. Above all, I rely on my wife Linda, whose support, advice, and constructive criticism strengthen every painting.

In the few years since my re-emergence, I have had work juried into prestigious regional and national shows, winning numerous awards.

At a local show, a friend and fellow artist suggested I should open an Etsy store. I wasn't familiar with Etsy, but I checked it out and decided it was worth a try. That was in 2009. My store has grown steadily and my traffic has too.

I love to travel to new and different places in search of wildlife (especially birds). My paintings are developed from the wealth of material I've accumulated from those experiences. I hope my work resonates with you. Thank you for your interest.

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    Artist, craftsman, musician, writer. I've made my living doing creative things most of my life. I love creating things and the challenge of figuring out how to accomplish a new task. My painting allows me to celebrate the special things in life.

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Last updated on February 9, 2011
Thank you for your interest in my work. The editions of my prints are limited to 250 for the 13x19 (18x24 mat size) and 500 for the 8.5x11 (11x14 mat size). Each print is signed and numbered, regardless of the size.

In most cases, the original painting is available for sale too (although I don't anticipate listing them here). Most of my paintings are 1/2 sheet size (15x22, matted to fit a 22x28 frame). If you are interested in an original, please contact me.

All of my prints are created using the same paper I paint on and archival-quality inks with an anticipated color fastness of about 80 years (the manufacturer's claim - not mine). I take great pains to match my prints to the original painting as accurately as possible.

I mat my prints using Crescent Rag Mats. All of my prints and originals are double matted. I use neutral colors exclusively - shades of white, off-white, gray and black. To date, I've used black only for the secondary mat. If you have special needs for mat colors, or if you'd prefer to buy a print without mats so you can choose your own colors, I'll do my best to accommodate you - just email me with your request.

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I prefer Paypal, but I accept money orders. If you must pay by personal check, I'll accept one with prior notification. I'll hold your purchase until the check clears. Orders paid by Paypal or money order will be shipped as quickly as possible, usually within 1-2 days. If there will be a longer delay, I will notify you and give you the option of canceling the order.
I live in a rural area, so shipping services other than the Postal Service are inconvenient at best. Consequently, I will only ship via USPS Priority Mail unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise.
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My terms are cash in advance (using one of the payment options listed above). I insure all artwork being shipped to protect both parties involved. If there is any problem with your purchase, I will make every effort to make it right. If the problem can't be resolved, I will accept the return of the purchase and give the buyer a full refund, including original shipping costs (but not return postage).