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About the Artist
I paint in watercolor and oil in a traditional and realistic style in great detail. Subject matter includes mountains, waterfalls, trees, animals, streams, and old buildings. Watercolors are done on heavy watercolor paper and oils are either on canvas board or stretched canvas. In both media, I begin with a pencil sketch, followed by a larger brush in a small area to key in the background colors. Then I use the medium to tiny brushes to establish the details. All works are custom-framed by my husband. Watercolors are usually double matted and under glass or plexiglass. Because I paint slowly, I usually work from one or more photographs. I work from a grid, usually a one-inch grid on the photo(s) and a larger grid on the paper or canvas. I grew up on a farm and have always spent a lot of time outdoors--gardening, hiking, camping, canoeing. Thus, most of my subject matter focuses on old barns, trees, waterfalls, creeks, rocks, and flowers. My process for painting in oils is much the same, starting with a grid on a photo or photos and proceeding to a larger grid on the canvas. Again, I use a large brush to establish the background colors, followed by details created with medium to tiny brushes. Sometimes it is necessary to let an area dry thoroughly, such as the sky, before proceeding to paint into or around it. My husband also frames my oil paintings. Lives and works in Shelby, NC.