I grew up in the Black Hills in the town of Spearfish SD. Spearfish Creek, Park, and Canyon along with the surrounding hills and meadows were my living space and playground. In March of 1973 I was graduating from college and headed on a back-packing trip to France. In the student union commons I ran across a woman lecturing about water color painting. She invited us to look at the world not as "things" out there that we had labeled, but as line, form, contrast, and most of all color--not the colors we had been taught but the colors we could see with our own perception. I bought 5 tubes of water color as she suggested and stuck them into my back pack along with watercolor paper and one good brush. I taught myself to "see" the landscape of France and Paris and began to paint.
When I returned I traveled in SD, AK, CA, and HI and continued to study the landscape and paint. I took workshops and mini-courses from many of the artists in the Black Hills and other places along my journey.
In 2006, living in the Black Hills, I tried my watercolor techniques on silk. I fell in love! I continue to start with 3 basic colors and study the landscape to mix the colors I see there. With my favorite watercolor brushes I paint the lines, form, and color I see in the landscapes of the place where I live. I paint on silk scarves for wearing and stretch paintings on stretcher bars for wall hanging. My work is shown at three signature galleries in the Black Hills: Prairie Edge in Rapid City, Dakota Nature and Art in Hill City, and Spearfish Art Center Gallery. Please visit my website. Shirley Jane