Description Apple trees were an important part of my childhood. My aunt and uncle, who lived in the house next door, had a small orchard of cherry and apple trees. In the summer I found praying mantises, moths, caterpillars, and walking sticks on them, and I played in their shade. When I wanted a snack, a steady supply of red or yellow delicious apples was always at my fingertips. And Mom reports that when she was pregnant with me, she used to gorge on those apples, too. My current yard contains over a dozen apple trees, and they are obscenely beautiful while in bloom. I became interested in capturing the softness of these small flowers and their brand new leaves—in fact, I think this painting contains my best leaf of all time.
Kelly Eddington, St. Joseph, IL Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement Ever since I was a child messing around with a terrible paint set from K-mart, I have been obsessed with controlling pigment suspended in water. Now I paint with beautiful, hand-made watercolors along with brushes ranging from high-end to dirt cheap, but the obsession remains. I create large, highly realistic portraits, still lifes, and landscapes using the most unpredictable, unstable, and unforgiving medium known to man. My paintings are time-consuming and sometimes backbreaking. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, “THAT’S a watercolor?” always makes me smile.
I was an art teacher in two Illinois public high schools for seventeen years. Anyone who has ever been an art teacher with a limited budget knows that it is a profession that stretches a person's creativity to the absolute limit. Effective art teachers must know their subject inside and out and strive to develop their own artistic visions as they teach others. I feel that teaching has made me a better artist. I used to devote each year's "off-season" to creating my meticulous watercolors, and now I’m happy to produce them year round and offer them as prints on Imagekind!