Watercolor on Yupo

Great Blue Heron at Fort Desoto, St. Petersburg, FL.

First attempts at painting on Yupo.  Tree-free, Yupo is similar to painting on Vellum or Mylar.  The paints sit on top versus soaking into normal paper.  It allows me to paint loose and free.  You can’t overwork your paintings as every time you go in you risk the chance of removing the previous wash.  The beauty is in being ok with letting go and taking advantage of the fluidity and natural tendencies of water based mediums.  I took a photo of this Great Blue Heron on the beach at Fort Desoto in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Finally taking the plunge!


After painting for almost 20 years and working in clay for 10, I was ready to take the plunge into joining a somewhat ‘local’ gallery cooperative in Westerly.  For the past 2 years, I have been an artist member of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. Initially juried into the co-op as a ceramic sculptor, ceramics were my focus for the past 2 years.  This year I have decided to dedicate my energies to painting, working to be loose and free in my technique.  This is certainly an ongoing journey.


2017 Year of the Rooster

This is the year that I am returning to my first artistic medium, watercolor.  Several workshops and my ‘renewed’ discovery of Yupo, has sparked my creative juices and I’m thrilled to be painting daily.  I look forward to tracking my growth on this journey and using my website to create a visual journal to track my progress.  My goal is to share my appreciation for nature and the delicate balance of our environment through my paintings utilizing form, texture and color.