Watercolors are the medium I’ve always worked in. I love the challenge of layering colors and trying to control the flow of water to achieve light and dark values, blends and textures that bring life to the art. Often the water wins the challenge and then I just go with the flow. I like to read instructional books by contemporary artists and learn their techniques. There is so much about this art-form that can be learned from the masters. Painting with watercolors is rewarding and fun.
“I prefer a loose whimsical style that portrays a moment in time rather than an actual portrait. The relationship between people and catching people in the act of living are my favorite subjects to paint. I use watercolors with pen and ink and some acrylic metallic paint for embellishments. Recently, I’ve been adding collage elements, including musical notes and Japanese papers. On some of my Island women, I make watercolor batik papers that I then cut out and collage on for their clothing – sort of like dressing a paper doll. When it feels appropriate, I add stamps; some that I have carved myself.”
Martina Dyer grew up in a tiny German village, where she developed a love of nature and art. Her art plans were detoured by marriage, immigration to the United States, and a pursuit of a career in physiological psychology. After a move to Huntsville, Alabama, she became a full time artist.
The award winning work of K.M. McWhorter can be found in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Huntsville Art League and in Decatur at Kathleen’s Fine Art Gallery and frequently at the Carnegie Visual Art Center. McWhorter’s work has been published and juried into shows around the Southeast and is part of collections as far away as Taiwan. She has also been awarded Bronze Signature Member status in the Watercolor Society of Alabama.
Painting gives me much joy. To paint my vision I experiment with color, shape, and texture. The possibilities are limitless when I can combine acrylics, watercolor, inks, textures, mediums, and found objects. The experimentation is fun and the end result is exciting.