BEHIND THE BRUSH

Thanks for taking the time to check out my art! I am

a new watercolor artist, as you may be able to tell

since I have a small, but growing, gallery of paintings.

I’ve always enjoyed art but have never had any formal

instruction and am truly self-taught and growing in my

ability each day. In other words, you could say I just 

stumbled into this new love of mine.

 

I started painting in 2008 after my father, who always

has been artistic and is a watercolor painter himself,

gave me some of his duplicate tubes of paint, a pad of

watercolor paper and a palette full of some of his

favorite shades as a gift. Everything stayed unused

and neatly gathering dust in a corner of my bedroom until one year when Father’s Day started creeping up on me and I had no decent gift ideas. I decided that I was in fact being rude by not at least attempting to paint something for my dad. It was then that I discovered not only did I enjoy everything about the medium, from its many hurdles to its beautiful ability to capture nature’s shades and hues, but I also found out that I was able to create something worthy of gracing someone's wall.

 

After that first endeavor I’ve taken a couple of years between my second and third watercolors but have recently found time to really devote myself to my work.

 

So far I haven’t painted the same subject twice, much less the same climate or region. I tend to lean toward landscapes of places I have visited with family and friends and find immense joy in painting them in the detail, light and mood in which I remember them. I hope when you look at my paintings that you are transported along with us. 

 

I am glad to have you stop by on my journey; I appreciate all comments and fans of my work. 

 

Enjoy!

 

How long does it take you to finish a painting?

Well, it really depends. I am still perfecting my style, and I tend to paint very detailed landscapes. I will work on a texture on a side piece of paper for awhile until I feel comfortable putting it into my work. Combine that with a full family life, and it can take me anywhere from 3 to 8 months to complete one of my works. I am not a prolific painter (yet). In time I will have more time to paint, but I doubt I will ever take less than a couple of months on a painting. The style in which I paint is fairly complex.

What are you planning to paint next?

Your guess is as good as mine! I tend to paint places I've been to that have grabbed me in some way. I love beaches, the desert southwest, mountains, trees and sunsets. So those will probably be in there. I really love painting water, too, so that will likely be in my next work. I do want to paint a specific photo of one of my daughters at my grandmother's farm, but that is still a painting I'm kicking around in my head.  

How can I be a painter like you?

Well, simply paint. I am blessed that I have the opportunity to paint wherever and whenever I want, but the first step is to take some paint and paper, a few brushes and start creating. I didn't know I could do this until I tried, and once I started I couldn't stop. Painting is hard work, but it is so rewarding both in the peaceful calm it brings me as I work on a piece and in the wonderful impact it has on those around me. So, to be a painter my advice is simple: just start painting. Don't worry if your first painting isn't a masterpiece. If you enjoy the process, keep painting!

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