It all begins with observation. By looking at the natural world one can get a feeling for how things appear, whether it be how a bird acts, how an animal moves or how a plant grows. This action moves me to the second step.
This second step is the most difficult, getting what I observe in nature and making a painting out of it; the copy of the reality. I don’t want it to look too perfect...every leaf in place, etc....but I endeavor to capture the feeling as I see it.
The technique I use is “drybrush watercolor”. This is a process by which most of the pigment is removed from the brush, then when applied is more like drawing than painting.
I paint in my studio in my home that has natural light. If I can I’ll bring in stuff that I am working on, branches or plants, etc. I once even brought in a large section of old wooden fence for one of my pieces. Not all things are so cooperative so on occasion I will work from photographs, which I take with my digital camera.
My wife Linda and I enjoy watching the interaction of birds and animals that occur in the world around all of us. In this hectic and fast-paced world we all at times fail to really see. As an artist I look for things others may not notice and then render them into a watercolor, a frozen moment in time that can be enjoyedfor a lifetime.
Larry Osso - Bio
Larry Osso creates watercolor paintings based on his love for the natural beauty of our earth, andhis inseparable connection to it. Art has always been part of his life, but he began his journey as an artist at the age of fifteen, when he began torearrange high school courses to match his desire. Studying under many professional artists his first love was the commercial world of art, receiving an associates degree in advertising design and working as the art director for a leading agency in Palm Beach Florida. His watercolors have been exhibited in many shows, and galleries, and adorns the homes of art lovers in several states in the U.S. While in Florida he had the privilege of doing the portraits of all the actors performing at the Burt Reynolds theater, all the while his love of painting wildlife remained. In his work Ossoemploys a technique known as
dry-brush, this combined with keen observation allows the beholder to get a glimpse of the intrinsic world as the artist perceives it. He currently resides in Florida, with his wife and dog.
If you have a beloved pet, Larry can do a wonderful pencil sketch for you. Call Mary Martin for information.
When showing Osso's work in the gallery, we often bring out our magnifying glass to show the extraordinary detail in the birds and trees that he paints. While it might take hours for him to paint a 4 square inch area, he loves painting so much that he paints eight hour days. Drop by to enjoy his work and perhaps take a piece home with you.
Larry frames his pieces in the most extraordinary way with the very finest quality museum glass which produces no glare and has fine uv protection. In addition, his burl and wood frames are perfectly matched to the paintings.
Mary Martin GALLERY
103 Broad Street,Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303 Gallery Row on Historic Broad Street
Selected as best gallery in South Carolina 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Selected as one of the top twenty-five galleries in America 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.