No one ever said the life of an artist was easy. To the usual rigors of the profession — low pay, long hours, uncertain future — British painter Tony Foster has added some extra challenge. KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, describes Foster's ambitious watercolor projects.
Working in the venerable tradition of artist explorers like John James Audubon or Thomas Moran, he hauls himself, food, and equipment deep into the wilds, painting directly on location, damn the consequences. His gorgeous panoramic watercolor of the Grand Canyon, completed over a ninteen-day stretch that required an 8 mile daily walk — each way — from campsite to viewpoint, is a typical example. Even more over the top is his little color sketch of a volcano erupting — done from the edge of a crater where he had been dropped by helicopter.