Before discovering watercolor, I mostly worked in pencil, pen, charcoal and pastels. The immediacy appealed to me. Not too much mess. No waiting for my art to dry. I could take my materials almost anywhere, do my thing and be done. About twenty years ago, I somehow ended up with a palm-size field watercolor kit. Adding water, brushes and paper, I dabbled.
I frequented the art section of the library, inspired by the work of John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and Ogden Pliessner. Browsing one day, I checked out and was enthralled by a marvelous instructional book. The artist, John Pike, and the book, John Pike Paints Watercolors, changed my artistic life. A gentle and folksy teacher; in the book he emphasizes creating a value sketch before beginning a painting. His conversational, keep-it-simple approach opened up a new world for me. I could now add the beautiful and challenging medium of painting in watercolor to my love of creating art en plein air.
I am available for commissions. Here’s a link to my contact page.