© Alison McQuade Watercolour Art
A big smile forms when I have a brush in my hand
and the smile rarely fades.
I try to capture moments in time of my life that I think people can relate to or identify with,
something that moves people either visually or emotionally - I want people to experience a kind
of pleasure, or happiness when looking at my art.
"The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a
world, and I could do what I liked in it. "
Creating a painting is an adventure that begins with how I perceive the world around me.
Inspiration, many times, comes from the play of light, how it creates and dissipates color, and
whether it is absorbed or reflected. It is a challenge to my senses and technical skills, expressing
these effects on paper. The flow, spontaneity, and feel of painting with watercolor thrill me. The
unpredictability of the medium is part of the fun.
Whether evoking a feeling or a memory, bringing someone a sense of peace or joy, or reminding
them of a familiar time or place, I like to make an emotional connection through my artwork.
The portability of the watercolour medium has a quality that drew me from oils to watercolor in
the mid 1990’s. Now, no need for a separate studio, I could use the kitchen table!
Watercolor fascinates me with its challenge of maintaining a balance between control and
spontaneity. The mystery and moods that light and shadow lend to works of art and the
interesting shapes created by cast shadows have been the subject of many of my landscape and
still life paintings.
So much to see, so much to paint - and yes, I still use the kitchen table.