An Exhibit of Watercolor Paintings

February 1 through 28, 2018
North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304


“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

Painting Winter Landscapes

Born in Buffalo, New York in November, I am sure that my first visual memories as an infant were of seeing snow. I have always had a love and fascination with snow and can not imagine living in a climate without it. When I wake up to a landscape covered with snow, I always smile. It makes everything beautiful and changes how we see the world.

Painting a winter landscape is very different from painting landscapes in the other seasons. Snowy landscapes follow different conventions and use other color patterns. As a landscape painter, I have spent many hours painting en plein air, painting outdoor studies. When working on plein air snow scenes, my watercolor paint sometimes froze. When these paintings warmed up, the paint melted and flowed off of the paper. My carefully painted studies disappeared!!

Viele Lake, plein air watercolor

Viele Lake, plein air watercolor

Painting Flora & Fauna

In addition to painting landscapes, I love painting flowers and animals, especially birds. I create my drawings and paintings from life and my own photos. All of my flower paintings are flowers that I have grown or observed in nature. I only paint bird species that I have observed and photographed.
Birds are the hardest animals to draw and paint because their feathers cover their anatomy. They fluff and move their feathers in ways that hides their skeletons and their muscle definition. Only on their feet and beaks can we see their bones.