Size: 5.625"W x 6"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2017
If only I could paint plein air underwater, I absolutely would. I am fascinated by the strange and beautiful other world in the ocean, covering most of the earth, largely untouched by us humans. The incredible diversity of creatures and the thrilling freedom to explore are what draw me to snorkeling on vacations with my family. I hoped to convey this through painting the strange color shifts underwater in this painting.
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.