After thirty years of admonishing biology students at Radford University to “draw exactly what you see,” I had had enough of super realism and now paint in abstract and impressionist styles. Oils are my favorite medium, followed by acrylics and the occasional water color or gouache. In my younger years my artistic pursuit was piano, and I gave a senior recital before studying for a career as a biochemist. My piano skills began to wane as I went into administration, and it would have taken years to recover, so upon retirement I took up painting instead.
Watercolor is as organic as the landscape, forest, streams and communities we live by. It’s water,
pigment and paper and I love making simple shapes and shadows with it. I learn something new every
time I paint with watercolor.