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Photo: Tina and Gerry Lake Placid, Adirondacks, 1980’s
Gerry on the Adirondack railroad
Watercolor Watercolors suspend pigment in water with a sticky binder, usually gum arabic which helps the pigment adhere to the surface of the paper when dry. Watercolor is usually painted on paper. The fibers of the paper help to hold the suspended pigments in place. Watercolor is transparent, but there is no white transparent pigment; any white area in a watercolor is simply unpainted paper.
Mixed Media When a work is “mixed media,” an artist uses more than one medium in a piece of art. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed media" work, or it could mean something as simple as mixing pencil and watercolor, Leonardo da Vinci mixed pastels with other drawing media.
Gerard Radke Gerry served with the United States Air Force in the Far East and Europe. After military service he joined the police department working as a forensic artist, patrol and administration. He received a BA in Criminal Justice from Alvernia University in 1976. Gerry retired as Chief of Police from the Department in 2006 and is currently working as a full time artist. “My overall style is Contemporary Impressionism. Contemporary Impressionism is a very broad category, which basically includes, any work or body of work done in a realistic or representational style. Works need not portray every blade of grass to capture the spirit of the subject. What you leave out can be just as important as what you put in.”