Finding Freedom in the Details

If I had any sort of imagination, I’d be an Abstract Expressionist. Ironically, it’s this appreciation for the abstract nature of things that helps me to paint with extreme precision.

In the Court of a Terminal Disease (watercolor, 15 x 22)

For example, in one session, I may focus intently on a small section of a flower or part of a distorted image in water. Taken alone, the image would appear abstract; but as part of a whole, the individual images come together to give the appearance of a literally rendered landscape.

Nancy J Market (watercolor, 25 x 40)

Instead of limiting me, painting in a photo-realistic style affords me the opportunity to push the limits of my technical skills and creativity. As the pioneer of Photo-Realism, Chuck Close, famously said, “The process will set you free.”

Judy Morris earned a master’s degree in art education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She taught high school art for 30 years before retiring in 1996 to become a full-time professional artist. In the last decade, Morris has become a popular juror and workshop instructor. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Midwest Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. She is the author of Watercolor Basics: Light (North Light Books).

You may also like these articles: