Amy Tigner

At this point in my life, I am painting exclusively in watercolors, and the subject matter is most often something to do with nature. I try to depict the shared bond we have with nature, one that we should not forget.  For example, when I paint animals (at least the close up versions), I always paint the eyes first, for they show the real personality of the animals and  reflect in their eyes our own souls.  In terms of technique, I strive to create a balance between detail and impression, control and freedom.  In the focal point of the painting, I work to achieve precision, but as the painting moves out from that point, I let the water and pigment behave elementally—to move as their own chemical states dictate.  The effect, I hope, is a harmony between the realistic and the abstract.