I have used a variety of media over the years, but find watercolor and fluid acrylics are the media that allow me to work more loosely and creatively. Watercolor has a mind of its own that I find inspirational. It requires me to respond and allow the piece to develop in directions not fully planned – though that doesn’t mean I go into a painting without a plan. Texture and color, which I love for its richness and ability to set a mood, are critical design elements I use to catch the viewer’s eye. I believe it is the influence of the Impressionists and of Van Gogh, whose art I admire, that made these elements important to me.
I look for the same strength of color in watercolor as I achieved with oil, while maintaining the translucence only watermedia permit. I use non-traditional textural approaches to enhance interest. In my current work my goal is to portray a moment in time that allows the viewer to define their own story. With an ever-expanding number of techniques, I use color and texture to create interesting passages in my painting.