2018 - present
I've always loved watercolors, but as an oil painter, they intimidated me because the process is so different. In 2018 I was faced with the challenge of shipping 60 large oil paintings across the world because of an unplanned move. Wanting to work in a medium that was more compatible with our mobile lifestyle, I spent the next year teaching myself to paint with watercolors, and fell in love with the process. Some day I am sure I will pull out my oil paints again, but for now I am enamored with watercolors.
The majority of my paintings depict the Uyghur people, who we had the privilege to live among for many years. Currently they are facing genocide. They are described by the Chinese government as terrorists who need to be reformed. This is not at all an accurate picture of the warm-hearted, kind and intelligent people I came to know. I hope to tell a different story with my paintings; to help the world see their humanity and their dignity, and to understand that they are a people worth protecting.