I paint what makes me stop and stare, usually while on my way to something else. Unexpected, unplanned and often overlooked, the tension between a boring subject that is perfectly lit or composed is irresistible to me and I paint to share the surprise with others.
The intersection of the mundane and the extraordinary is fleeting and requires a rapid capture. The immediacy of watercolor is perfect for this. When the paper is wet, the painting is literally alive, letting you merely suggest what the water might do. You have little time and only one shot to get it right, especially when painting plein air. I am exhilarated by the challenge and am constantly working to refine my shorthand for suggesting shapes and light.