Nature is most interesting to me when animals are involved, but some landscape is very compelling, particularly when I actually have time to enjoy the effect of light on the various layers of color and texture.
I have a great deal of interest in animals in the wild since a trip to South Africa gave me time to see magnificent creatures in the wild, and my increased interest in sea life was cultivated by some great times on Maui, with one visit including small-boat whale watching. But turtles have interested me since I was a child, and I revisit them on and off over the years.
Back to landscape: While I’ve done painting en plein air, it’s rare, and my own landscapes are often done in the studio instead of outside where bugs get caught in the paint and the light changes rapidly. When I refer to plein air, I can say this work was done outside, and quickly; ergo, watercolor.