Size: 8"W x 8"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2017
While out with about 20 other painters to Sauvie Island, I painted this scene entitled "Looking over Sauvie Island." There were cows in the other direction, but I chose to observe the skies as they turned pink along the horizon late in the day. This was painted on site, not from photographs. In that way I am able to appreciate the nuances of light and color. This area was reserved by the state, with free range cows and expansive fields punctuated by tufts of majestic trees. I wanted to simplify the forms and focus on broad strokes of color.
Since I was a child old enough to wield a writing instrument, I loved drawing and applying color. I did not have formal instruction except drawing and introduction to painting in college but pursued medicine as a career. Over the years, creating for my children and their school projects, family and friends were my only creative outlets. I have taught myself a myriad of art media, craft and digital media skills which continued to develop my sense of design, color and craftsmanship. In 2015 I began committing to keeping a sketch diary, recording visual snapshots of my daily life in ink and watercolor wash. Simultaneously, I painted a 12 x 9 foot grand palace staircase for the school play, which led to a commissioned piece. The overwhelmingly encouraging responses from these two works gave me prompted to dive into to painting seriously. A little after that year, I was painting nearly every day and emboldened to claim the title, artist.