Nathan Popp, a graduate student in the Radford University Department of Art, is one of nine artists featured on the 2013 Watercolor Artist "Ones to Watch" list.
Watercolor Artist is a national magazine dedicated to showcasing the best work in the watercolor medium. It produces the "Ones to Watch" list annually as an introduction to up-and-coming watercolorists.
At RU, Popp is working towards an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in watercolor. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in watercolor at the University of North Texas in Denton in 2008.
In his interview with Watercolor Artist, Popp discusses his unique technique of adding dry materials such as salts and synthetic urea (chemical fertilizer) to wet-on-wet painting. When the urea is added to wet paint on synthetic watercolor paper it creates unique crystals when dried. Popp uses the resulting abstract shapes and textures as inspiration to paint his landscapes which often incorporate symbols of life, growth and death.