Larry Felder is best known for the boats and water reflections of his harbor scenes, both current and historical. The artist has also developed a loyal following with his paintings of shorebirds such as Pelicans, Egrets, Herons and Spoonbills. Felder’s flare for dramatic images and detail has gained him a master’s reputation among collectors.
Felder’s favorite subject to paint is water. “I love moody scenes of harbors early in the morning when the wind is calm and the reflections are like undulating mirrors. My goal is to make people ‘melt’ when they see my reflections. I want them to stare into my water and forget where they are. I want them to get lost in my images and then enjoy them in their own space for years to come.”
Through the years, Felder would stare endlessly at reflected water, trying to figure out how to paint something that moved and make it look real. “I would always try to ‘freeze-frame’ the moving water and look carefully at what was actually happening visually as the light and wind changed. I would close my eyes and try to remember what I saw as if I had taken a photo. Over time I was able to see those waves and reflections in my mind, and I do that now as I visualize the finished piece before I start to paint.”
Growing up in San Antonio, Texas the artist spent much of his weekends and summers at the family compound on the Texas coast. Felder graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, earning a BFA in Studio Art in 1974.