Although Sharon Towle considers herself a straightforward realist, her infatuation with color complicates and broadens her work in interesting ways. “I might be extending realism by bumping up the color,” she says. The result of Towle’s reach as an artist is a striking collection of precise and balanced watercolor still lifes, reflecting both her fondness for vivid color and the naturally vibrant surroundings of her Manhattan Beach, California, home. In short, it’s still life with a strong pulse. Read about her in the October 2008 issue of Watercolor Artist.