Watercolorist Carol Evans paints the sort of idyllic scenes you’d expect to see in a tourism brochure or dream vacation photos. But in reality, she just taps into the inspiration that surrounds her every day. As a 30-year resident of Salt Spring Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, she has lived much of her life surrounded by water. All those crashing waves, gorgeous sunsets, gentle water ripples and charming fishing boats beckon to be painted.
It’s nearly always the water, though, that becomes the star of Evans’ watercolor paintings. “It’s just endlessly fascinating to me,” she says. “It’s never the same, it’s constantly moving and it refracts the sunlight. I like its transparency and how it magnifies objects underneath. I love the actual color of the water, the blues and greens. There’s something about it that just draws me.” And Evans has used this fascination with water to teach herself to capture it in nearly all its iterations in the wild.
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