My first watercolor class was a continuing ed. class at a community college. My classmates there were much like my friends in the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS). I took a plate for a palette, 3 tubes of paint and, what turned out to be oil painting brushes!
Over the past 30 years I have had several teachers. Often these teachers were housewives who were painting at home and sharing what they had learned from their teachers in classes and workshops. I have also taken 10 or more workshops in Sedona sponsored by Northern Arizona Watercolor Society. The teacher from whom I learned the most and painted with the longest was Janet Dixon, who currently lives in North Carolina. I’ve painted with like women from Arizona to Germany.
I enjoy painting from personal photographs we have taken on vacations or other adventures. When painting from a photograph, I try to consider the setting, how I will approach my painting, before putting pencil or paint to paper. As a result, sometimes days go by before I ever get a pencil out!
Since moving to Flagstaff in 2008, I have also been painting en plein air, which can be a challenge in sunny, dry Arizona! But the subject matter is incredible!