A collector came to our 2021 holiday pop-up show and bought one of my paintings. She said she owns a drawing by Isamu Noguchi, one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. She said she plans to hang my painting next to her Noguchi so that the two can have a dialogue. I must say I was very surprised and honored. Those moments are rare. The next morning, I started my painting session with renewed energy.
I love watercolor because of its translucency and its ability to brilliantly capture light and atmosphere in nature. So much of watercolor is the game of chance because water is unpredictable. It is in the ability to harness and utilize that unpredictability to one's uttermost advantage that lies the true watercolor artist.
Some might say my works look Chinese. If so, it's subconscious, probably as a result of seeing so many Chinese calligraphy and sumi paintings during my childhood. The truth is that I love many westerns artists too. My paintings are often the result of my emotional response to what I see. I strive for atmosphere and seek to capture the fleeting moments of light. Watercolor is a perfect medium for that. The untouched white surrounded by darks makes a painting pulsate with energy and vibrancy. It comes to life.
Copyright © 2018 yanswatercolors - All Rights Reserved.