Featured Artist Posey Gaines

Artist Posey Gaines intuitively uses expressive brushstrokes when painting his watercolor landscapes. More of his work can be found on his website.


watercolor landscape of a river by Posey Gaines

“Along the River” watercolor, 24″ x 18″


I am a watercolor artist living in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Since I was a child, I have always had an interest in art. I was inspired by the magical world of art and started drawing at a young age.


watercolor landscape by Posey Gaines

“Silent Tribute” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


You might say this artistic inspiration has touched everything I’ve ever done in my life. In the early seventies I was able to audit several art classes—wood block printing, drawing, etching and watercolor. Then life—my job and children—kept me busy. I would find time to paint but nothing steady. I retired in 2013 and took up painting watercolor full time.


watercolor landscape of Andrew's Gulch by Posey Gaines

“Andrew’s Gulch” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


My approach to watercolor is intuitive and impressionistic. I primarily paint landscapes. I have lived in thirty-seven different places, including four years in the Philippines. Having experienced such a variety of different settings gave me an appreciation for my surroundings.


watercolor landscape of a waterway by Posey Gaines

“Peaceful Easy Feeling” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


Nature speaks to me with calmness and serenity. It is an expansion of my worldview that invites me to stand in silence and behold the wonder of this world we live in. It invites me to look beyond my worldview to one that embraces everything and everyone.


watercolor landscape of a forest by Posey Gaines

“Is it Fall Yet” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


In my painting process I start off by simply laying down a quick and simple first wash—usually a sky and the foreground. When that is dry, I look to see what is being suggested by my first wash. I then apply my second wash to enhance what I am seeing and then finish up with my third wash to add my darks.


watercolor landscape of a small hill by Posey Gaines

“You Know How I Feel” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


I don’t follow the formal rules when painting. As Picasso once said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” I don’t work out value studies and seldom do a drawing before I begin to paint. I struggle with that all the time because everyone says that is what you should do. However, my desire to be led by my intuition allows me to disregard all that and simply paint.


watercolor landscape of a storm by Posey Gaines

“Stormy Coast” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


When I am painting a landscape, it is as if I can smell the air and sense the vastness of the landscape that is emerging. As I create, I feel as if I am standing in the middle of the landscape and can almost feel the wind blowing in my face.


watercolor landscape by Posey Gaines

“Homestead Living” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


I work to put these feelings into my paintings, hoping that those viewing my work will experience, sense and enjoy what I am expressing.


watercolor landscape by Posey Gaines

“High Country Meditation” watercolor, 20″ x 14″


Watercolor is simply reality being interpreted through my eyes, my life journey, my brushes, the paints and of course, the white paper in front of me. And so, when I pick up a brush—I’m not just painting—I’m telling you a story about my life.


Artist Posey Gaines in his studio

Artist Posey Gaines in his studio


My hope is that upon viewing my work you hear my story and realize it has echoes of your own story. After all, as Joseph Campbell once said, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”


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