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Over the Years: Watercolor Painting by Christopher Hayes

On display: March through May, 2016

From Christopher Hayes:
I started painting when I was in my mid-30's. I have enjoyed watercolor painting for decades. It satisfies a happy, positive, creative side of me. My father inspired me to start painting. He also painted with watercolor. Another friend, Jim Nelson, is a very skilled watercolor artist. I feel he inspired me, too, I was so pleased to learn I could actually draw and paint successfully. I enjoy painting with others. I recall an occasion when my dad, myself and my step-son, Daniel, sat together painting a still life, in the backyard of my childhood home in Kansas. That was a great afternoon.

The subjects I paint are landscapes or scenes from my travels. If I feel awed by the view, I enjoy stopping for a brief paint. Sometimes I create the scene as it truly presents itself. Other times, I modify the scene in my mind . . change the colors . . . leave an element out. These modifications are fun for me.

When I'm done with a painting, I'm so glad to be done. If I like it, I'm so glad to have a memento that gives me positive, happy satisfaction. My paintings are fun to look at because it reminds me of the beautiful places I've been so fortunate to visit.

Since my illness, I am painting less. I still enjoy the feel of the brush in my hand and the beauty of color and texture.

The Voices Art Gallery is offered by the Cancer Center Art Therapy Program and is made possible by gifts to the Helen and Sonya Fund and the Cancer Center Art Therapy Program. Program supplies are generously supported by the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Fund.

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