One of the most recent paintings from Thomas Moran is entitled Rebelle, which are from his series called Papers, Prints and Watercolors. This is the third in a four part series entitled The Making of America. This painting has Thomas Moran's signature style blended with watercolor and ink drawings that are accompanied by textured paper textures. The papers were printed on Cokeratin aqueous inks, a type of thin paper that has similar properties to soybean paper but is more durable. Because of the unique properties of Cokeratin, it can resist staining and will not lose its color.
As a whole this painting is a remarkable work, where Moran successfully uses his watercolor and oil drawing skills to create an amazing real-world painting. The use of real-world locations and objects in the painting helps to bring the viewer into a believable world, one that is full of color and life. Although the style of this particular work is new and different from other works in this series, Thomas Moran has demonstrated his ability to draw attention to bold textured shapes and realistic rendering techniques. In Rebelle, he has achieved this balance between his signature style of blending solid colors and accurate depictions of his subject matter.
Thomas Moran has become known as a wonderful printer and skilled watercolor artist, but the secret of his success has been his ability to create new features within each of his previous paintings. Using his brush, pencils and watercolor paints, he has produced striking new features that add depth and dimension to his work. In this particular painting, Rebelle stands in a field holding a rifle and looking through the viewfinder. The textured paper and brush strokes are used to give this image a truly novel look.