Pochade Boxes




How long have you been pochade painting?

I’ve been painting for over twenty years but it was about ten years ago that I got my first pochade box and started going outside and painting from life. I’ve been hooked ever since.

What 1st got you into pochade painting?

I noticed that the artists I looked up to all seemed to put a strong emphasis on painting from life, therefore, it was something that I wanted to do but I didn’t want to drag around a bunch of equipment nor did I want to draw any unnecessary attention.  


What has been your best pochade place to paint or still life?

I often seem to end up at the waters edge, whether it’s the beach or a marina.

What time of the year do you prefer to paint in terms of temperature and light?

I’m not too picky with the time of year other than the fact that it gets really hot here in Florida in the summer months. I tend to go out a little less during the hot months.

What time of the day is your favourite?

My favourite is early morning. I like the golden glow of the sunlight, along with the interesting shadows that are created with the sun being low. Late afternoon is my next choice but there seems to be less time to capture the effects as the sun moves quite quickly.

What pochade boxes do you use?

I have boxes by Alla Prima Pochade, Open Box M, Judson’s, Jullian, and since I’ve grown up around a wood shop, I’ve got an assortment of custom boxes I’ve made myself.


What do you keep in your pochade box colours, brushes etc?

I keep the following in my pochade box:
Titanium White
Cad Yellow Pale (Lemon Yellow)
Cad Yellow Light
Cad Yellow Deep
Yellow Ochre
Cad Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Thalo Green
Ultramarine Blue Deep
Cobalt Blue
Langnickel 5090 Royal Sable Flats, sizes 2, 4, 8, 16
Robert Simmons Filberts, sizes 2, 4, 8
Various liners 10/0, 20/0  for fine details

In addition I keep a small turp container/brush washer, dipper cup full of medium and a palette knife in my box. Paper towels go in my shoulder bag.

What do you prefer to paint on, canvas board, primed millboard?

I usually paint on linen mounted to birch panels. I make them myself.

Who would you say is your favourite painter?

There are many and it seems to be always changing but a couple of favourite contemporary painters would be Richard Schmid and Donald Demers.

What do you look at in a good painting more than anything?

Does it speak to me on an emotional level?

What is your favourite size to work on (box size)?

6” x 8”

Have you exhibited any pochades? If so where, gallery/sites/shows?

 I exhibit my paintings regularly at galleries, art festivals and through my website. The easiest way to view my work is on my blog site at or on my website at

If you can sum up the pochade box and what it brings to you in one sentence what would that be?

The pochade box offers me the freedom to paint and explore my subjects almost any where and at a moments notice.