Why do you paint?

I’ve been asked this many times, and my answer hasn’t changed.

I don’t paint to sell my artwork. Or to show the world my vision of it.

I paint because it brings me joy.

In the late 80’s I was working at a bank and found myself unable to escape into books, my usual retreat. So I signed up for a watercolor class (because I thought watercolor was EASY).

First class: Students were instructed to mix red and blue to get purple. The other students came up with lovely purples; however, my mixture was brown.  It was then I learned about warm colors and cool colors. Also letting the paint dry before layering another color over it.

Truthfully, if I hadn’t already paid for the whole month, I would not have gone back.

But, I did go back. And found myself on a never ending journey to joy.