Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW
Art, in one form or another, has been around me all my life, although I didn’t appreciate what I was living with at the time:
Obviously the seeds for my creative life were planted, even if I didn’t nurture them until my 30s. Before that, I always had pencil and paper at hand, as a compulsive doodler will do, but that was it.
Until I met CHAW.
My first class at CHAW was drawing, taught by Gina Clapp, in which I was exposed to botanical art. While other students sometimes groaned at being asked to draw yet another flower, I loved it! Eventually, in Gina’s watercolor class, I discovered a way to transform my intricate pencil doodles into paintings.
And now I paint and draw because I have to. I agonize over subject matter because each painting is deeply personal. Whether it’s a flower, a dog, or a kitchen cupboard, I have a relationship with the subject; I want to convey my feelings about the subject in the project.