Timothy James Standring has never stopped painting since he took classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1960s.   Over the past decade, he has focused on small scale works in watercolor, paying gimlet-eyed attention to the poetics that the medium can express.  Aspiring to sustain a balance between close observation and exuberant flourishes with his handling, Standring is as sensitive to his materials and techniques as he is to the recurring themes he paints.  Although preferential to painting landscapes en plein aire, he has recently been focusing on a series painted in a dry brush technique of fruit and of leaves, seeking to capture the quiddity of each item on the sheet.  Standring’s works are in private collections in Amsterdam, Aspen, Chadds Ford, Chicago, Denver, Genoa, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Milan, Nashville, New York, Paris, and Vail.  His works were twice accepted for inclusion in the famous 10 x 10 x 10 juried exhibition held in Tieton, Washington.