"It all started
I started watercolor painting over ten years ago. It all started so innocently. One night I was talking to my dad on the phone and I mentioned I wanted to take watercolor classes someday. Dad (ever the pragmatist) asked why I didn't just go get the supplies and do it. He's not big on making things any more complicated than they have to be. I couldn't argue with the logic in that, so that's what I did.
This is where you think I'll say the rest is history. No. The rest is agony. But I was hooked and the worse my paintings were, the harder I tried. YouTube to the rescue. Years and untold scores of YouTube videos later I call myself a watercolor artist.
But, because I still need to eat, I am also a website and graphic designer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I love about watercolor?
You can only control it so far. And it's when you let go of some control that you get the most exciting results. It's a little like life that way. Sometimes--when water, pigment, and paper do their dance--lightening strikes and I have something I'm pretty thrilled about. I still have my dark moments but no matter how many times I tell myself I am going to, I never walk away.
Who are my favorite artists?
That's hard and I can't name them all. Carl Purcell, Milind Mulick, Thomas Schaller, John Lovett, Judi Betts. Those are a few and I'll have to come back to this.
What do I like to paint?
Skies. Big moody, unpredictable skies. Landscapes and nature. Forgotten things like old barns and cars and stone walkways with shade. Things with atmosphere and an untold story.
What colors do I have on my palette?
Right now I have a lot of earth tones that mix and play well with others. Plus the old stand-bys like ultramarine blue, raw sienna, and neutral tint.