Except for the very first meeting I have been a member of GCWS and I joined because I wanted not only to learn how to paint watercolors but to see if I am any good. What strikes me from the very beginning is that even though many of the members are professional artists I was accepted. It is also via the critique sessions that I found the true value of GCWS - the positive encouragement I receive at each meeting.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
Due to travel and family commitments I am unable to be an office holder.
There are two that come to mind:
1- When I look back at some of my earliest paintings I see a vast difference in my paintings compared with today's.
2- The confidence to show my paintings in public
Many of the paintings that I consider "finished" have taken up to 2 or 3 years of contemplation before putting brush to paper. Most of that time was spent in drawing and redrawing and thinking about the painting's composition and value scheme. Once I am satisfied with this I usually paint very fast. I like wet-in wet but, of course, the subject matter will dictate the technique(s) I use in a particular painting.
How long have you been painting?
It seems I have been doing art all my life.
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Since we travel a lot I usually draw/sketch the places we see. I do take artistic license and rearrange the elements to give a more pleasing composition. And I reply upon photographs.
Are you a teacher?
Yes at hobby Lobby, the Oxford Community Art Center and I will be teaching art on Cruise ships.
Where do you see yourself in the future? (i.e., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
It is very difficult for me to say where my artistic efforts will lead me. I enjoy knowing the members of GCWS and I hope to continue to improve. I have entered a few juried shows but have only been accepted in a few. I enjoy sharing what I learn about art and making paintings with others. And hope to be able to continue do do this.
When I first started out to see if I could actually succeed in making a watercolor painting that was pleasing to look at I had no real idea as to how to accomplish this. Then I met Ray and Diane Loos. They had a bumper sticker on their car that said - I LOVE WATERCOLOR. I left them a note and they were kind enough to call me. I found out that Ray was teaching in Oxford that summer and during his workshop he said two things:
1- The only way to succeed is daily practice which I try to do
2- That I had an eye for composition that was half the battle toward making a successful painting.
I have sold a number of paintings over the past few years and to see my work accepted by others brings me great satisfaction and encouragement.