Enjoy the stunning portfolio of watercolorist Monica Acee, and be sure to visit her website to learn more.
From the time I could hold a crayon, horses and animals have been featured in my artwork. Before long, I felt the need to portray the bond between these animals and their humans, and at the same time I was compelled to work in watercolor.
At first, I could only capture the detail I was after by using gouache, but I made it my goal to eventually be able to work entirely with transparent watercolor. That is how I have been painting for the last 20 years or so, and it is this challenge that keeps me interested in watercolor.
There is something about building up the layers of paint and paying attention to dry brush details that helps me connect with my subject, to take the time to feel their personality and temperament. My hope is that this is conveyed to those who view my art and that they feel connected to the paintings as well.
During the last 30 years, through commissions, my art has taken me to places I never expected to travel, including a private island in the Bahamas and the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Because of this, I have taken on challenges with paint that have helped me expand my abilities.
But it’s the people and their animals that have really touched my life, and I never tire of those relationships.
Besides art, my other passion is my horse and riding, so perhaps this explains the depth of my interest.
Currently, for my personal painting, I’m continuing to explore the connection between people who have chosen to work in the equestrian world and their charges.
I’ve spent many hours gathering reference material at horse shows, races and steeplechases and have a lot of great ideas for future pieces. I can’t wait to get started!
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