Ann Bell's Watercolor Showcase
Artist Statement: When I begin a painting, I am inspired by something I have seen recently. As I paint, I move deeper into myself until I am somewhere between memory and imagination. By the time I have finished, the line between reality, memory, and imagination has totally disappeared. I want my painting to depict a place that feels real and evokes a fond memory, without being specific or photographic. I invite you to step inside and linger in a place where time stands still and nature’s peace prevails.
Transparent watercolor forms the basis for my work. The surface might be traditional watercolor paper, rag illustration board, or oriental paper which I crinkle to lend an air of mystery. As I journey into the individual piece, I intuitively reach for various additional materials to express what I am feeling. I might use gouache, pastel, colored pencil, acrylic or ink. My work originates from a deep desire to explore, appreciate, and enjoy nature, and to lead the viewer along a similar path.