I began painting in watercolor more than 15 years ago as a hobby, a diversion from a busy career as a writer and communications consultant in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Since my retirement in 2007, I have become more focused on the creation of water media art. Throughout my career, I always considered myself to be a storyteller. These days, I use watercolor to tell stories instead of using words. The story might be found in a serene wooded landscape, a still life, a flower, or buried more deeply in a mixed media abstract. But the story is always there. Our move to Northern California nearly two years ago has given me new vistas to explore, new friends and new stories to tell.
My goal as an artist is to lead viewers into the heart of the story, using dramatic shapes and powerful color to guide them. I am drawn to strong color, getting the most pigment I can into a painting without sacrificing the magical light to be found in watercolor. I also recognize the power of water media and particularly love using it as the foundation, sometimes incorporating collage, acrylic or ink to complete the story. Water, like people and life, has a mind of its own. As the artist, I must respect the fluidity and beauty of water and water-based color and let it go where it wants to go, creating a story that wants to be told.
To see more of Vicki’s work, go to www.vickibyrumdennis.com