Not just any watercolorist, Lawrence C. Goldsmith of Fairfax, Vermont, and Monhegan Island, Maine, has been hailed by Watercolor magazine as a "Zen Master of watercolor." And Artists Magazine describes his paintings as "capturing the spirit of landscape." Thomas Hoving, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, used the word "lyrical."
His book, Watercolor Bold & Free, has sold 70,000 copies since 1980 and is still popular. (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York.) It has recently been reprinted in paperback; you can order a copy through your favorite bookstore or buy it online from Amazon Books.
Besides being bold and free, Goldsmith's work has been described as semi-abstractions of landscapes and seascapes. He enjoys spending his time "seeing what I can do in pushing ahead with concepts and techniques." To English artist-teacher Ron Ranson, Goldsmith does not paint how a location looks. He paints it as "it feels," Ranson says in his book Distilling the Scene. In a chapter on looking to the future, Ranson confesses to his readers how he would like to paint in the future. He tells them he would like to paint as Goldsmith does. The artist urges you to see for yourself what his paintings mean to you.
Goldsmith is one of
the three elected members of the American Watercolor Society now living
in Vermont. He has studied under Reuben Tam, Mario Cooper, and Philip