I started painting with watercolors in 1988. Along my journey to becoming an artist, I discovered that transparent watercolor allows me to capture both subtle and vibrant color through multiple washes applied to paper. Pigments are allowed to mix and mingle on the paper which creates a spontaneous dimension to my work and granulating pigments when applied wet on wet create interesting textures. I strive for transparency and luminosity in my paintings and rarely use opaque pigments.
I have found that with my creative ideas, paints, water and brushes, I can recreate reality, life and emotion as I have felt it or envisioned it. While my subjects vary, I paint what interests me at the moment.
I find enjoyment in the challenge, the complexity, and getting it right. The excitement comes from watching the colors mingle and flow as the painting comes to life. Watercolor behaves just like nature … fresh, spontaneous, and elemental in its simplicity.
The learning process of painting with watercolors never ends. There are always subjects calling out to be painted and new methods to learn.
I have exhibited in national, state and local juried shows. My art is in international, regional, local, corporate and private collections. I am a member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance, National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society and a signature member Wisconsin Watercolor Society.
"I can not think of a better use of my time than painting"
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