Day 95 – Pen and ink begins

As a visual artist my desire is to capture a particular time, place or subject in order to elicit an emotional response that improves the mental well-being of the viewer. I also seek to document life through my art. Looking back on art from different time periods we find artworks often reflect an era we no longer have access to. I love the idea of capturing people and places in such a way as to be a historian for future generations. Lastly, as a watercolor artist my goal as a craftsman is to understand the nature of the medium and surface. With each artwork I seek to better master the flow of water –¬†how different brushes move water around, how different pigments mix together, and how different surfaces absorb or repel the medium.

The first comprehensive series I worked on focused on historic architecture buildings from around the world. Painting this series, I use a multi-step process that involves measuring, aligning, drawing, retracing, and painting. Shortly after starting the architecture series, I began a parallel series of botanical watercolors which served as a means of breaking up the rigid architecture works with looser, less complicated subjects.

I recently started a new series of figurative watercolors that focus on the challenging time of adolescence as a youth transforms from a child to a young adult.