My artistic aim is to share with others my varied emotional reactions to the visual diversity of the natural world as I experience it. I believe we each have a true self beneath our developed sense of self, and that there are a few ways to connect with that. I particularly feel it when painting within and of the natural world, called plein air painting. More and more, though, I also experience it in the studio when I remember and then paint from my studies and photos. I generally paint in the northwest US and Baja Sur, Mexico, with occasional excursions elsewhere.
When I'm outside painting, I tend to first complete one or more small sketches and then value, color or notan (black and white) studies as necessary for a good composition. Then, I consider what type of palette I’ll use and the inclusion of unexpected nonrepresentational features and which other detail I may choose. I frequently tone my canvas or gessoed panel, and then, rub out the light areas of my painting surface. My next step is to lay down the values with hues in the masses. The values and hues must show outdoor light as it’s actually perceived. I proceed to modeling and some detail from the palette I've planned.
I'm a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), the American Impressionist Society (AIS) and Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA). I've studied primarily with teacher and mentor, Mitch Albala, Gage Academy of Art and Pacific NW Art School. I've also studied with Charles Emerson, Camille Przewodek, Pam Ingalls, Jim Lamb, Ken Roth, Sandra Power, Derek Buckner, James Moore, Kathryn Stats and others. A few years ago, I attended the Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France. I minored in Art in college. My work has been shown in many venues, most recently at Galeria Casa Tota, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico; Gallery North in Edmonds, WA; the Wallowa Arts Festival, Joseph, OR and Seaside Gallery, La Connor, WA.
I occasionally teach too. I'll be holding two free plein air workshops for Gallery North in Edmonds, Washington, related to the annual "Beauty of the Northwest" plein air and studio painting competitions and gallery show. Join us at Marina Beach in Edmonds, 650 Admiral Way South, Saturday and Sunday, July fifth and sixth, from 10am to 1pm. All levels are welcome.
Sometime, I sponsor teaching artists. Excerpt from Plein Air Today --
The Washington state painter was thrilled to go from the weather back home -- 40 degrees and rainy -- to 80 degrees and
beautiful in Pescadero [Baja Sur]. His host was artist Jolyn Wells-Moran, a self-professed snowbird who owns a home there.
"When I arrived, I got really excited about what I saw there in terms of light," recalls Weiss. "The light here in the Northwest
United States is very cool, very blue. Down there the light is so much warmer." -- Bob Bahr
See my free ebook on plein air painting by writing "free ebook" on the contact form on my web site at http://jwellsmoran.com/contact. If you'd like one of my paintings, you might want to check in with DailyPaintworks for my auctions.