An Introduction (Hi!)

Hello, there! We’re glad you’re interested in our company and artwork and have wanted to learn more. I’m a traditional artist from Gilbert, Arizona, who likes to work primarily in pencil and watercolor, although I’m interested in trying a little of anything. Some of my favorite subjects to draw and paint are elements of nature, from wildlife to leaves to flowers. You’ll see plenty of that in all of my stores. Inspiration comes from my travels up North (there certainly isn’t any forest where I live!) and, in some instances, from a book I’m borrowing from the library about squirrels and the strange shapes the maps of their territories form. Now that I come to think of it, though, it might be overdue…

I currently am working with watercolor pencils and a pan, though I began with a cheap, five-color selection of watercolors without a brand. I found it under my bed, probably having not been touched since I was eight or nine. I keep a sketchbook, which I work in every day. I’m currently working in my fifth sketchbook and experimenting with watercolors in a watercolor sketchbook. Sketchbooks are a great place to plan out and test ideas, to experiment, and to unwind.

I’ve been actively working on my artwork for a little less than a year. Since then, my artwork has been a source of comfort and expression, and joy. I told myself one day that I would work at and practice my drawing every day until I was better, and I stuck with it. I did get better. Much better, in fact, when you consider that on that day I tried to draw some architecture, failed, and then tried to draw a human (it’s a little hard to tell) without reference. The result was that I unnerved myself by looking at my failed attempts, but also that I learned a lot from my mistakes and improved. Those initial sketches are a testament to the value of practice and persistence, but also to the ability of anybody to learn skills they desire and think they don’t have. Often, people will tell artists that they have a lot of talent, that they are naturally gifted. Obviously, this is meant as a great compliment and should be taken as such, but it also denied the hours of hard work behind their artwork and makes making artwork an exclusive endeavor, one which only those who are already good can pursue. Let me tell you, some of those early pictures and, quite honestly, some I make now, are all the proof you need to disprove that.

If you continue to stay up-to-date with us and follow our blog, you’ll see posts about nature and conservation efforts, behind-the-scenes art, announcements about upcoming designs, and general art discussion. Once the weather starts to cool, around December and the new year, we’ll be attending art fairs, and we’ll be sure to keep you all in the loop where that is concerned.

Be sure to join us next week for National Wildlife Day!

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