May 12 - 13 , Site: 124
475 Knoll Drive
Los Altos, CA 94024
My work is influenced by an early love of nature fostered by growing up in rural western Pennsylvania. The fields, the woods, to these I ran for consolation, nurture. Nature inspires me still. Her color combinations are always perfect; her beauty, unsurpassed. There is an also an Asian touch in my paintings. My husband is Japanese; we married and lived in Japan, and even after coming to California stayed for many years steeped in the customs of that land.
I avoided art in school, thinking like so many others that it was a “talent” some people were born with. But one day to please a friend, I signed up with her for a tole painting class. There was so much tracing. “Why can’t we just put the pencil lines down directly?” I asked. And so I found watercolor.
These days, I try only to paint subjects that really appeal to me. I start with a pleasing placement of the objects. If the composition doesn’t work, no clever technique can fix it. Then by the flow of the lines, I try to make the viewer’s eye move throughout the painting. Values from light to dark become more and more important to me. And color, (the fun part!) I still don’t understand, maybe I never will. But paintings seem to have minds of their own. They say, “Put yellow here, blue there…” And I do.