I first found Alvaro on Youtube, then went hunting in earnest to find more of his work. I enjoy his eclectic mix of impressionism, realism and abstract techniques.
This is not for the beginning watercolourist, or the faint-hearted. One needs to know and be familiar with ones subject and techniques before being able to work like this. Its far beyond my capabilities at the moment but it is interesting finding out how he comes to paint his subjects and abstract what he needs from the scenes he uses. I don't know if this can be described as a typical Aussie style or not; it doesn't seem to have percolated down to local art show entrants and exhibitors. I found it to be more European in its approach and I love the discussion around the paintings, instead of a blow by blow account. Its supposed to make us think, not turn us into clones of his style. Knowing some of the places he has painted may be helpful but I found his paintings of Montevideo just as interesting as his interpretation of Flinders Street Station and Scotland.
This is a book to enjoy, study and re-read - it may not be to everyone's tastes, but for me its a keeper, and has given me a lot to think about my own approach to art and how I interpret things, and the courage to experiment with the unknown as I work at developing my own personal style, whatever that may be. In the meantime I shall attempt to rise to the challenges it presents.