ABOUT THE ART
Depending on the day, I may mix watercolor pigment, paper, and found objects to express political/historical events or the intricacies of natural forms or I may let pure watercolor express what is in my heart, mind and eye.
I have always loved "doing art" as well as getting my hands in the dirt, hiking, painting out of doors and now creating in my Ben Lomond, CA studio. I desire to transport you somewhere else using bold colors, textures, pattern…to help calm you or perhaps to puzzle and provoke you.
The cultural climate, the Sierras, the Pacific, the coastal mountains, Hawaii, and the wonderful possibilities of watercolor and paper all inspire me as do my years of being a psychotherapist, a volunteer in Yosemite and a watercolor and art journaling art instructor.
Throughout college and graduate school I pursued art classes alongside my training in psychology and psychotherapy. I continue to take art classes whenever I can. I credit the Santa Clara Watercolor Society, the Yosemite Conservancy, Bay Area Creatives, Cabrillo Community College and the Santa Cruz Art League and Mountain Art Center for pointing me to additional art instructors who have been instrumental in deepening my skill level in watercolor and mixed media.
Photographs by Brian Person
Group Exhibitions (past 10 years)
Pose- Figurative exhibition - 2022
(Mountain Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA
Hindsight is 2020- online exhibit: 3/21-4/17- 2021
This online exhibit was conceived by Mountain Art Center
in the Santa Cruz mountains as a community space to
process what happened during 2020...the on-going pandemic,
the CZU wildfire, the national political and social unrest;
all were grist for the mill of the soul.
Santa Clara Watercolor Society Member Shows
(Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA; county libraries)
Bay Area Creatives
(various Santa Clara & San Mateo county gallery/retail venues)
Human Anti-Trafficking Exhibition (Redwood City, CA)
Grounded: The Sierras and the Sea
Oct-Sept 2018 (Felton, CA)
Recent Art Instruction
Art Journaling: mixed media/collage/writing/ image transfer
Deborah’s Palm: A Community for Women, Palo Alto, CA
5 week intensive: 2014, 2015, and 2016
Basic Watercolor & Creative Collage
Fremont Unified School District/Adult Education, Sunnyvale, CA
6-8 week quarters: 2017-2019
Watercolor one day workshops
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center- Ben Lomond, CA
April 2023; 2019
"Paint and SIP" - 2 hour workshops for creative fun & team building
Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, CA