I started art late: for much of my life I described myself as someone who has no ability for art at all. I was one of those kids at school ignored by the art teacher, presumably as I had no talent at all. This persisted throughout my career as a tax accountant, but changed, when my son gave me the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. I now believe that it is not so much talent but determination and persistence which allows me to produce and really enjoy my images.
I realized that professional instruction is important, so I attended workshops, and studied with a local art teacher. In 2014 I started Botanical Art lessons with Margaret Best, who stresses drawing from a live specimen, and the study of colour and pigments.
I attended the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) conference in the fall of 2020, and “met” Heeyoung Kim in her Zoom workshop, and later joined her Zoom classes to study Pen and Ink, Drawing, and Watercolour. Heeyoung’s understanding of materials and technique is outstanding, and she is able to not only advise but also explain the reason why a certain brush, paper or technique is helpful. While these aspects are important, Heeyoung never loses sight of teaching the overall composition, the look and feel of the total image. It is the combination of these two aspects I find so useful.