Description This is my brother in-law Tyler, busy at his desk during his first year as a lawyer. This painting was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. His face was a breeze and in many ways it was the easiest part of the picture. The shirt was OK, and the tie was about what I expected. I blasted through the phone cord and even enjoyed forging the tiny calligraphy on his license (I taught myself Old English when I was ten). But the following seemingly-benign items approached torture: the papers on his desk, the stuff going on behind his computer, the Diet Coke can, and even the wall. Incredibly, that uninteresting section led to at least five hours of work spread over two days (with a weekend in the middle during which I fretted). The story behind the painting of that wall involved me using cotton balls at one point and is boring. Tyler and my sister Emily have been a couple since high school. She's a charismatic little dynamo, and he's a gentle giant. Because of Tyler, Emily has never had a broken heart, and I thank him very much for that. I credit Tyler for the fact that the sweetness, positive outlook, and goofy sense of humor of my sisters youth remain very much intact. He's a smart, capable, quietly hilarious person my entire family adores.
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!