I try to make a positive statement that will bring lightness as well as a new awareness to things and places that are around us. Colonial Williamsburg, the Chesapeake Bay boats, and flowers are some of my favorite subjects. Florida living has presented me with new flora and fauna.
In 2005, I decided to learn SCUBA diving. Two paintings, the Reef at Dusk, and The Reef by Day, were inspired by my experiences under water.
What I like about painting in watercolor is the luminosity one achieves by allowing the value of the paper to remain as the lightest element. After that, each step in value is dictated by how much transparency is left. Unlike with oils or pastels, one cannot retrieve the lights once they are lost. Sometimes I do quite a lot of planning and make several value sketches before I touch the paper with paint. I also like the fun of working with "accidents" such as blossoms to create new directions in the painting.
I also like to experiment with acrylic paints and aqueous crayons, with collage, and to play with abstract themes.