I grew up in an artistic family. My mother, Juanita Watkins Moore was an oil and acrylic painter and exposed me to drawing at an early age. I thought it only natural for people to have easels as part of their home furniture. Art is a family tradition that has been traced back to at least 1619 when an ancestor, Otto Marseus van Schrieck of Amsterdam was a sought-after oil painter and instructor.
As an adult, while working in non-art related fields, I began to develop a self-directed art education, studying and taking classes. I traveled to study in workshops and advanced ateliers choosing artists that were strong in areas that I wanted to grow. Contemporary artists that I have studied with and continue to follow are Charles Reid, Mary Whyte, John Salminen, Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet.
Watercolor is my usual medium of choice. I love the translucency of the medium and the spontaneous movement of the paint. However, I also enjoy the three-dimensional quality of oils and acrylics. Often I will try the same subject in different mediums to exploit various aspects of the subject. In all mediums, I use only fine professional artist grade materials. My watercolors of choice are Daniel Smith, Holbein and Winsor Newton painted on Arches or Saunders Waterford watercolor paper. All of my chosen materials are archival which means they should remain unchanged for decades, if not centuries.
As an instructor, I paint a variety of subjects. However, my favorite subjects are landscapes, urban scenes or portraits and I usually have 2 or 3 paintings in process at a time. In all of my work, capturing emotion and atmosphere is key. I enjoy Plein air painting. I will often sketch a concept or actually start many of my paintings on location. This has enabled me to study and explore atmospheric elements, adding them to all of my paintings, even those created solely in the studio.
I have had work accepted into the prestigious American Watercolor Society's International Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in New York. I am a Signature member of both the Southern Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society, meaning I have had three or more paintings juried into their regional and international exhibits. I am a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Other professional associations that I belong to are the Portrait Society of America, the National Watercolor Society, and Plein Air Brushes with Nature.
An award-winning artist and workshop instructor, I teach weekly watercolor painting classes, conduct several workshops each year and will soon be offering online, long-distance watercolor courses. I love being able to share my passion of creating art with others and have found it truly can change lives.