“When I decided some 20 years ago to become a painter, there was never any question in my mind what medium I would choose.Watercolor has always fascinated me, the effects of pigment and water mixing on paper are so unique and challenging and the results so beautiful. Watercolor painting, to me, is about making a direct statement. Too much forced control deprives the medium of its very essence. I believe the best way to engage a viewer is to pique their interest with strong shapes and a nice composition, then allow them to ‘fill in the blanks’ with implied details. While learning, I painted strictly from photographs, and am glad I took that route. There are so many pitfalls with watercolor, as it relies on timely wash control that can be affected by the weather. I now paint ‘en plein air’ as well, which has reinforced my efforts of picking a strong, simple subject and working quickly, two important elements in what everyone considers a loose painting style.” —Andy Evansen
Andy Evansen attended the University of Minnesota’s commercial illustration program and worked as a medical illustrator for 25 years. He soon longed for a return to fine art and began watercolor painting. His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a soughtafter workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and is now serving as their President. He recently opened his own studio gallery, Evansen Art Studio, in Hastings, MN. You can also view his work at www.EvansenArtStudio.com.