The Seine

A Fascination
With Light

Michael Reardon


"Fresh, atmospheric, luminous. These are some of the words used to describe Michael Reardon's watercolors," says Southwest Art magazine, calling Michael Reardon an artist to watch.

After a long and successful career as an architectural illustrator, Reardon in 2005 received the Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which included a three-month residence in Paris to study some aspect of French classical architecture. He chose as his field of study the pre-20th century fountains of Paris, many of which he painted in watercolor.

The experience hastened Reardon's move toward fine art, and since then he has won wide acclaim for his abilities as a painter and teacher of watercolor.

"What attracts me these days is the interaction between the built environment and the natural world and the way light hits structures," he says.

PORTFOLIO: Recent paintings