I believe that being an artist doesn't just mean that you enjoy the artistic process, it means being unable to contain yourself from the act of making. After the pursuit a great deal of artistic and creative endeavors from saxophone to ceramics, I found that painting was the creative outlet for me. there is something about the painting process that pulled me in and has not yet let me go after nearly ten years. the act of creating something is such a personal experience, that when I first began to show my artwork to other people, it was like I was showing a piece of my soul. It has taken me a great deal of time to get over the personal nature of creating art, so that I can let go of a piece without feeling like it isn't finished, or that it needs to be changed in some way. The truth is, I sell most of my paintings so I don't try to work back into them and ultimately ruin them. There is a fabulous story about Robert Rauschenberg, who was known for gifting people his artwork, only to go to their houses and make changes to that very same artwork later on. that story resonates with me as I would surely do the same to all of my paintings if they did not leave my possession.
I use watercolor because it is such a versatile medium. I love that it will mix with nearly any water based media, from walnut ink, to metallic pigments, to other types of paints such as gouache and acrylic. It is my hope to expand my knowledge of painting mediums, and to learn as much as I can about all painting techniques.