Work in Progress ...
I look at each painting as an opportunity to challenge myself to deliver the viewer an unexpected point of view. By using an array of transparent watercolor techniques to express the beauty in subjects that may ordinarily be overlooked, I am always looking at the world with an inquiring eye.
Transparent watercolor is an exciting medium with a mind of its own. I love experimenting with techniques that allow me to use watercolor to evoke emotions, environments and movement. I also experiment with various painting surfaces including 140 lb cold press, yupo paper, clayboard and rice paper. My subject matter is quite diverse, including urban, landscape, florals and water scenes.
I tend to paint what excites me at a particular moment. It may be a dramatic sky just before a storm rolls in or people walking down a city street in the afternoon light. I often take photographs as my reference and let the creativity flow in my studio. By working on a variety of subjects and utilizing a wide range of techniques, my work retains a spontaneous, energized feel. This allows me to be open to discover where each painting takes me, and I can take the viewer.
Currently, I am experimenting with a new technique. I stretch webbing across the blank page, apply color and find inspiration in determining a subject hidden deep within the web of lines. Then I manipulate sections by removing color, enhancing other areas to bring out the subject I found there. Generally the subjects tend to be organic in nature but sometimes I can see some urban hints here and there.
I have had a lifelong passion for art and was introduced to watercolor as a teen by Ruth Wilson. I studied under her for quite some time and I continue my training through workshops, association events, and reading about other artists. I am delighted that every day I find there is still more to learn about watercolor. It is a most challenging, rewarding, spontaneous medium with which to work and I am excited to learn from it and be surprised by it as I follow where it leads me. I now share my deep passion for watercolor as an instructor; passing on my knowledge to others so they can enjoy the wonders of this art form as well.