In 1985, I began painting lessons in watercolour and was soon seduced by the excitement and spontaneity of this challenging medium. Watercolour can be a hard, and sometimes unforgiving taskmaster but yet a surprising, and when successful, a hugely rewarding one also.
Over the last 35 years, I have learnt to coax and cajole the watercolour medium and then work WITH the painting to achieve the magic result. It has been a journey that I have loved every minute of, and I have come to respect the character of the medium and what is possible with it, and what is not. I keep pushing the boundaries, however, to see how the paintings will respond.
The excitement comes from knowing that the artist is never in full control of the painting at any stage. When I begin an artwork, it becomes a conversation that we have, and the painting’s input is just as important as mine is. Together we ‘make it work’.
Lately, I have been working with acrylics and enjoying their very different qualities, but I will always return to my first love—watercolours.
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