Bradley Hendershot, ASMA, ISMP, PWS, PWCS
"Rural Pennsylvania and coastal Maine, regions that I know well, regions that have special meaning to me. it is in these two distinct areas that I paint my life and the things that are familiar to me.
In Pennsylvania, many of my subjects can be found close to my home and studio in Hoppenville, Marlborough Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. An old stone mill, an abandoned farmhouse, an empty corncrib, an aging barn- each one a structure, yet so much more. Time and history have left their imprint. Each one evokes a special place, a special time. They are all a part of the Pennsylvania heritage that is rapidly disappearing. I'd like to feel, in a way, that I have preserved them in my paintings.
I love the sea, and I have been summering on Monhegan Island, Maine, for the past twenty- five years with my wife Katy (artist Katharine Krieg). In Maine, I paint the rugged shoreline of the mid- coast region and Monhegan Island, where I enjoy the smell of salt air and the feeling of seaspray. I've always loved the sea, probably a combination of things- the boats, the energy of the surf, the rocks, the storms, and the romance of it all. I hope this comes across in my paintings of the weathered clapboard lobster shanties and the granite towers of the lighthouses. on Monhegan Island, I try to capture the remoteness and isolation of this tiny fishing village twelve miles out to sea, which has been an artist's colony for over 150 years. Painting on the Island during the Summer without the normal distractions of everyday life on the mainland allows for my full devotion to the craft.
I tend to study subjects down to the last detail, and I learn their history and significance prior to beginning a painting. I use watercolour in a representational manner, and mood and feeling are key elements in my work. Texture is often the real subject of my paintings, and this is where I will use the painstaking process of drybrush, building on the initial fluid washes of watercolor. Using drybrush, details are built up in multiple layers using many small strokes of the brush and very little water with the pigment.
I have earned signature membership in the American Society of Marine Painters (ASMA), signature professional artist status in the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP), signature membership in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), and signature membership in the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS). My works appear in public and private collections antionwide and around the world, including numerous corporate collections. Giclee reproductions of my work are available, and I teach classes in watercolour."
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