I’ve been painting in watercolor for twenty-eight years though I worked my way into it gradually. As a teenager, I’d used some Martin’s Dyes. They suited me then – bright and bold. Later, when money was tight, I drug them out again. They’d been quite expensive and I didn’t want to waste them. In my late twenties I found them to be too bold and bright for my style. To keep from wasting them, I experimented by adding some White Gouache. I liked what I saw and did some paintings for a show in Albuquerque. The paintings sold. I wanted to continue experimenting, however, so moved on to watercolors in tubes. I found it to be a difficult media, requiring more pre-planning than I was used to. It was a bit unforgiving. I thrived in it though, winning quite a few awards over the years. My most recent award was a first place ribbon at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, for a painting called Mending the Sails. That same painting has been accepted into the Mid-Atlantic Exhibition in Baltimore and will be on display at Stevenson University in June and July.