“Water colors interested me from my beginning art class with James Estey of Placerville, California. He was listed as the “Who’s Who” of the Northern California artists and was a great inspiration. What appealed to me was “Jim’s” manner of teaching – it was “to ask, not tell” you what to paint. Jim’s critiques showed the class what was interesting about our individual works or what could make them more exciting or artistic. With inspiration from Jim and the other artists in our class, I began to paint from my head and heart. My heart tells me what to paint, such as my giant pandas and flowers in crystal bowls and I listen to my head to know when a painting is finished.
Painting pandas is a peaceful and joyful experience. My twin grandsons wanted me to try painting one while we were vacationing at Dillon Beach. I was so taken with a spirit of joy and playfulness while painting pandas that eventuallythey were my favorite subject. I chose to paint with bold colors and shapes. Eventually my art teacher, James Estey, called my art “Stylistic Impressionism.” At last my style of painting had a name.