have been painting for over thirty years and my
enthusiasm only grows.
Watercolor is an exciting medium. It's a challenge to control it but still paint freely enough to reveal its unique characteristics. Painting wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, and all combinations at the same time often seems like trying to do ten things at once. There are always surprises, some good, some bad. The bad ones go in the trash, and the good ones hopefully have that effortless, "got it right," spontaneous quality that makes watercolor so special.
I find inspiration everywhere, mostly from experiences in outdoor activities. I paint from photographs, mainly because our North Idaho climate is not conducive to painting "en pleine aire" for half the year.
Artists have a way of disdaining that which they do with little effort, no matter how much other people appreciate it. Although it's risky, I am always trying to do things differently, which perhaps means I don't value what comes easily to me. Every new painting is an adventure. The possibilities of expression in watercolor are endless.
Gardening is another art form that
I actively pursue. I have designed and care for
an acre of garden that includes a large pond, vegetable
garden, lilac garden, perennial gardens, and an
orchard of 40 trees, grafted to include fifty different
kinds of antique apples, and pears, cherries, and
plums. On the winery grounds I have designed a wine
garden, which includes only burgundy and white flowers,
representing red and white wines. Just like wine,
a garden is a living experiment that is continually
changing with time.