Although my arts education demanded that I try oil and acrylic painting, my first love was and remains watercolor. I thank my early mentor Leah Schwartz for nudging me along the path to watercolors. I am influenced by some wonderful masters of watercolor, Charles Demuth, Cezanne and Winslow Homer as well as many fine teaches I’ve had along the way.
Landscapes can come from what one sees; the hills, clouds, water or it can come from within – the mind can conjure up some amazing landscapes, given the room. I feel I do a bit of both, using Mother Nature as a starting point from whence to create.
The painting of flowers in watercolor has a long history that I’m glad to have as part of my repertoire. A flower never fails to give beauty and an inner happiness to me and hopefully to the viewer. Flowers are a huge inspiration and I love being surrounded by them. Wild or cultivated, in a garden or along the trail, ah flowers always delight.
My fascination with skulls and bones is a recent acquisition. It probably comes from the idea that we are all getting older and closer to death, although I do not feel these are negative thoughts, rather they are beautiful images of what was and what is to come.
I do enjoy painting portraits of people. It is always a challenge.
And then there are watercolors that just happen. If I were to look closely I could probably trace my thoughts and reasons that made me create these oddities but I’m going to leave that up to the viewer and their imagination.