Somalia Refugee

Autumn Confetti

Michael Moyer

I’ve been painting since I was 14 years old, and I’ve always loved watercolor best.  When I was very young, I wanted to become a Cartographer. I enjoyed drawing floor plans, and would carefully measure a room before drafting a plan to scale. I ended up becoming an architect, which I guess is not very different from a mapmaker.

I don’t remember when I discovered watercolor, but it fascinated me from the start. I loved its spontaneity, transparency and unpredictability. I liked that it seemed to have a mind of its own and could morph into unintentional shapes and patterns. When wet, the colors would sometimes bleed into one another. These “accidents” became part of the painting, and added to its mystery and sense of life.

There are professional watercolor artists who believe that painting watercolors is like playing golf – the fewer strokes the better. That can lead to exciting paintings, but I don’t think that is the only way to approach the medium. I’ve seen many watercolors done in a slow, deliberate manner which are just as satisfying and interesting as ones done quickly and with a minimum of brushwork. I love sharing watercolor painting with others and am always interested in other artist’s approach to the medium. I have taken workshops from some of my watercolor “heroes”, including Frank Webb, Judi Betts, Judy Morris, Ted Nuttall and Dale Laitinen, all of whom have somewhat different styles. They all do exciting and inspiring work.

I have had several solo shows, including the Tiburon Rock Hill Gallery, the Mill Valley Depot, and Riley’s in San Rafael. I also have work in several private art collections.