The process begins through the use of his own photographs and life drawings that are loosely focused on a particular subject or location, chosen for having a strong base of information in which a painting (or series of paintings) can be developed. An exploration of this information leads to the development of a design concept. With an understanding of the essence of what a particular painting wants to be, Seth further develops refined sketches focusing on the composition and value of the final painting. With these sketches at his side, Seth begins the painting process by working in layers. Gradually progressing from loose washes overlayed with more controlled brush strokes. Throughout the process Seth is always referencing his original design concept, but sometimes deviating from that concept if a stronger idea or composition reveals itself.
Born and raised along the New Jersey Shore. Seth has spent time living in Pittsburgh and the Boston area, where he currently works and resides. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Seth is a member of the New England Watercolor Society and is also a licensed Architect and Landscape Architect. He further dedicates himself to his craft by teaching classes and workshops in watercolor, figure drawing, perspective drawing, and architecture and landscape architecture design studios.
Professionally trained as an architect and landscape architect, Seth has spent a significant amount of time observing, studying, and designing the built and natural environments that surround us. Through this process he has developed drawing and painting skills crafted to these professions. Over time he has evolved these skills into an art. With watercolor as his primary medium, his paintings explore the qualities of light, atmosphere, transparency, and luminosity. Seth utilizes a range of controlled to spontaneous effects that are unique to the watercolor medium. His paintings strive to achieve a richness of detail, color, and value that are true to his subject, expressed in a dynamic and lively composition.