"Hard Water" is a term I have heard as a description for ice fishing. I found it to be a comical phrase but it really stuck with me none the less. Watching the water turn to ice over the winter has been fascinating. The winds create large ripple patterns with the ice and snow but it doesn't have that smooth perfection that water has because it is eroding, melting, and aging, so it develops an intriguing look. It was the inspiration for a few small paintings I have done recently. This piece is painted on plexiglass mounted on a cradled wood pane with natural edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Brian Sostrom

Hard Water I

Acrylic painting on plexiglass mounted

Signed on front

10" h x 10" w x 1.25" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Brian Sostrom
Sagle, Idaho

Getting to Know Brian

Brian Sostrom’s paintings of water and sky are not your typical picturesque seascapes. They use moody dark blue hues combined with a soft atmospheric sense of light to create something mysterious and mesmerizing. Painting with acrylic on both sides of a Plexiglas panel, Brian uses this clear surface to achieve a pronounced sense of depth and a translucent quality in the scenes. The cropped, square-format compositions do not depict distinct places, but rather seek to elicit a personal emotional response. Looking into the ripples of waves disappearing into a soft horizon, or the obscure, agitated clouds, there is an impression of both emptiness and eternity. Brian was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and his paintings are clearly inspired by the natural beauty of the region.