While I like to work in pastel, oil or watercolor I am most often found happily scribbling with my colored pencils. There is something about the control of a sharp pencil point and the details that can be achieved with it that appeals to me. The varieties of pencils available from wax based to watercolor allow for many techniques and when used on different surfaces the results can be astonishing. If you use wax-based pencils on Pastelbord or on sandpaper your drawing will look like a work of pastels. Drawing with watercolor pencil on watercolor paper can result in a drawing indistinguishable from a watercolor painting. This variety in the results makes this the medium for me.
I enjoy drawing portraits or landscapes but I am most often drawn to scenes of sailboats and sailors racing. Trying to capture a snapshot of the action of the crew during a race or the action of the waves against the boats is my goal. Being able to convey the pressure of the wind on the sails and the boat moving through the water gives me great satisfaction. Conversely, being able to draw the peacefulness of a sailboat at anchor or a languidly moving stream is also appealing to me.
Currently I am experimenting with mixing colored pencil and other media. Watercolor washes in the background can move the piece along a bit faster. The use of gouache gives rich color and then colored pencil strokes add the details that I love. The many possibilities of this medium have kept me intrigued with it for over a decade and continue to fascinate me.