I’ve raised three children, been married for more than 40 years and worked for a living for 30+years. When I retired I took a couple of community art classes. I learned basic color, composition, etc., in watercolor class. From there I have been self taught. I later started playing with oil paints and realized I like that medium too.
I am a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, an active member of Umpqua Valley Arts Association, a member of International Society of Experimental Artists, and co owner of Gallery Northwest in Roseburg, Oregon.
Surprisingly, my watercolor and oil paintings have two very different styles. In my watercolor paintings, I plan things out very thoroughly and paint things from memory, reference photos or places I’ve been. As for my oil paintings, I tend to get emotional about my subject matter and paint about things that are on my mind, including current events.
Sometimes I need to create in 3 dimensions so I use found objects wether it be driftwood, beach glass and shells or just things like trash and cast offs from yes, the beach, streets and parking lots. It’s so true that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” or in my case, art supplies.