From Farm to Fine Watercolors
I'm a farmer's daughter. Maybe that's why I love the outdoors, animals and nature so much. Not to mention rusty old tractors. Being a practical young lady, I studied hard to achieve success in a professional career. But, now that I have retired, I am free to devote myself to my more creative passions.
I choose to work with watercolors because I love the way that the pigments flow and mix organically on the paper. I also love the transparency, which allows me to create new and sometimes unexpected colors through glazing. It's like a puzzle, trying to determine what sequence of layering to use to get the desired effect. Keep in mind, with watercolors, you don't paint the whites ... you must decide where to save them while you are designing the composition. And sometimes, just as in life, instead of the intended result, what you get is a "happy accident", like a water bloom that enhances the effect!
I choose my subjects based on the interplay of light, shadow and texture. I am attracted to high-contrast compositions and I like to use colors other than what the eye sees, to convey the beauty in the every-day world. I invite the viewer to slow down and enjoy the vibrancy of color in a flower, or the way that a shadow can contain anything but gray.
Also, I love to travel, which inspires me to create paintings showcasing the wonders of places I've been lucky enough to experience.
"In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you,
But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art."