My passion for painting, I believe, was inspired by my grandmothers who were both painters and crafters. At a young age I was into the details of all my artistic endeavors whether it was painting by number or coloring. Over the years, this love of detail was transferred to my crafts, cross stitching, quilting, card making and now my watercolors and photography.
My interest in watercolors began in 2001 when I took a week long vacation by myself at a small bed and breakfast cottage in Coupeville, WA. I bought some inexpensive paper and watercolors and dabbled away, falling in love with the medium with every brush stroke. I did not know at the time the difference the quality of paper and paint can make in the outcome of my work.
When I returned home, I decided I wanted to learn the techniques of watercolor so I did this by attending workshops over the years and this further developed my love for the medium.
I have never been one to "loosen up" in my work. I thoroughly enjoy painting the fine details even the small dew drop on a leaf. Believe me, I have tried loosening up but my passion is in the details and it is a very relaxing process for me.
My love of watercolors has also created my love for taking photographs. I use my photos as references for my paintings and this has grown into a love of painting pieces that portray the simple joys we find in life's experiences. A warm cup of tea, nature's beauty, people we see who have some thing about them that makes us smile, are just a few of the subjects I love to paint. Sometimes these simple things can be the most cherished memories of our lives. My favorite subject matter is the body language and expressions of children and the elderly. The joy on a child's face when experiencing something for the first time or the experiences the elderly have endured are worn in their facial expressions and body language.
What I paint comes from my heart and my passion and my hope is one day my artwork will warm your home with fond thoughts as you gaze upon you new piece of art.
"Paint what excites you! It is impossible to paint something that you do not have some wonderful sensation about." Meredith E.Lewis
2005: Puyallup Fair entered two paintings in Juried show
2006: Puyallup Fair, entered two paintings in Juried show.
2006: Private show with Katy Anderson
2007: Borders of Tacoma, one woman show in May
2007: Pacific Gallery Artists show, 2nd place, drawing
2009: Kitsap Arts and Crafts Show, 50th Anniversary, Open Show
2010: Virginia Mason Medical Clinic, Bainbridge Island, Private Show
2012: Olympia Art Walk
2012: Thomas Studio Gallery,May and June Olympia,WA
2015: 2 Commissioned Art work pieces for Janet Swarts
2016: Commissioned Art work for Janet Swarts