living in humid, unair-conditioned Bermuda, I found soft pastels on
paper ran the risk of becoming gummy and oil painting might mold before
drying! Many of the British ex-patriots painted only in watercolor.
I was very familiar with Winslow Homer’s watercolors of Bermuda
because, in my first empty apartment, I had covered the blank walls
with prints of Winslow Homer’s watercolors. The Bermuda landscape
was a familiar Winslow Homer watercolor painting. The intense turquoise
of the ocean, the magenta bougainvillea flowers, and the wild nasturtiums
shouted “WATERCOLOUR” - that is using the proper British
spelling as a Bermudian would. I could visualize Homer rendering our
house by the water and the local fishermen I saw on my daily walks,
grappling with their catches from small boats. So I began sketching
in watercolor. I have continued to use watercolor, particularly in
creating little “house portraits”, sketches that often
are commissioned for gifts. I went on to teach watercolor classes
in Bermuda and North Carolina.