Deborah GilesWatercolor & Mixed Media Artist
“Watching the tides and waves, listening to the sounds of the water on the beach, long beach walks, bird watching and photographing all this are part of the attraction of Maxwelton Aerie Alpaca Farm. I am also a gardener, and love to wander in the gardens and watch the alpacas. My first visit to the farm was for a retreat weekend more than ten years ago. Caroline Geise was part of the group, and it was fun to learn some of the history of the farm. Bill Fraser introduced us to the alpacas and their ways. Since then, I have returned many times, as the farm is intensely inspirational for me and healing to my spirit.”
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Crocus Uprising . watercolor . 7” x 10″
“Even though watercolor is a challenging medium with a steep learning curve, I continue to practice, as this encourages me to carry over the skills needed in watercolor to those I need in my every day life. Too much control makes for an overworked (and less attractive) painting; too loose makes for a messy outcome. Both of these can lead to muddy colors. So, it is managing this delicate balance between flow and control that makes a watercolor sing. The pigments used in watercolor are intense, brilliant, and transparent. They can interact with each other in the most appealing ways. The life lesson is “go with the flow” and enjoy seeing and guiding what happens.
“I enjoy painting from nature either from photos or in plein aire. I am really attracted to the marine environment: both for living and for painting..”
About the Artist
Although educated in the sciences of physiology, chemistry, and physical therapy, Deborah always looked forward to adding painting to her creative endeavors, which included gardening and photography. When her children were in high school, she started taking watercolor classes, and over the years since has studied under several teachers. Deborah and her husband, Chuck, love to hike and camp, photograph, and watch birds. Long time residents of Seattle, they love the Pacific Northwest and feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful environment.