In the not too distant past, my life as I knew it fell apart. In most of what I considered pursuing next, I saw barriers – prerequisites that included credentials or a significant investment of time and resources. While grappling with what to do, I unearthed a watercolor set that was given to me as a Christmas gift some years prior. I dusted it off and started exploring how to use it, what I could make with it. I felt free and empowered to simply make a painting. The only barriers I had to overcome were my beliefs about not being an artist, or at least being a “good” one. Painting gave me a way to contribute and connect with people while being unemployed and socially isolated.
I have been making art ever since, primarily with watercolor, and learning as a self-taught artist. I really enjoy watercolor as a medium because water has a life of its own. It moves and flows and evaporates, which leads to challenge, surprise and spontaneity. I enjoy it most when I approach it as a collaboration without trying too hard to impose my own agenda.
My process for deciding what to paint and draw has been a bit haphazard, choosing scenes that capture my attention and curiosity. Now I’m working to develop a more cohesive story around what motivates the art I create. From the beginning of my art-making venture I have had a desire and intention to create art as a way of “connecting to life”, and now I am starting to develop an idea about how to do that . . stayed tuned.
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