In front of my awestruck eighteen year-old eyes was Rembrandt’s Night Watch. I was in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a long way from my small hometown in rural Georgia and at that moment, a lifelong love and passion for art was born.
Teaching art for thirty-one years provided me with a range of art media to explore and I gravitated to watercolor and acrylics for my personal work. Upon retirement, a pastel class opened up a new form of expression for me. Working with other artists, traveling and painting along the way, I continue to grow as an artist.
Light and color, seen in nature and interpreted by strokes of pure pastel pigments, form the framework for my paintings. Working en plein air, the images of nature are burned into my soul, and I believe that the very immediate presence of the experience wiggles its way into the painting. I hope that the joy of the moment shines through to each viewer: the playful bug-eyed goldfish…the mysterious tree-shrouded pond… the color surprise at the market in Provence…
Not long ago, a flight delay afforded me another visit with Night Watch in Amsterdam. Almost fifty years had passed since I first saw this masterpiece, but none of the awe had faded. The circle continues to be drawn. My art journey continues to expand. Share my journey and feel the thrill of what inspiration can do.