Watercolor lends itself to the luminous moments I strive to capture in my work. I combine spontaneity and control, letting the pigments travel a designated path and create a path of their own. I draw inspiration from life: the places I go, the food I eat, the books I read, and my memories. Once an idea strikes, I sketch out my composition on paper. Sometimes the idea is clear right away, sometimes it needs to percolate. Next comes the watercolor. I block off areas I want to stay true white and then work from light to dark gradually intensifying colors and depth. I will often have multiple pieces going on at the same time to allow one to dry while I work on the other. If I am adding gold leaf, I usually do that as one of the last steps. Time and again I find myself painting flora and fauna because for me the simplest path to wonder is in observation of the living world.
Aerin Sentgeorge specializes in nature-inspired watercolor paintings and mixed media work. She taught secondary art for twelve years and now works as an Instructional Designer. Sentgeorge grew up in Pennsylvania, lived in Florida and Indiana, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and two cats.