One of the things I’ve learned in 20+ years of painting is that you have to think about what you want to say and let that drive the medium you use—whether acrylic, oils, watercolor, ink, poetry, installation, or video. I’ve spent that time exploring all those different media to gain facility with them so I can drive how I create what I want to say. After seeing some beautiful landscapes, I knew I had to get back to watercolor to express what I want to say with them. So I stopped in an art supply store and restocked my watercolors. It was an emotional experience, bringing me back to the voice of my mentor Ted Betts, who passed away 12 years ago. I was quiet in the store, listening for his voice to inform the colors I chose for my palette. Ted specialized in watercolors in the tradition of Andrew Wyeth. I teared up as I remembered the last color—rose madder, whispered by Ted’s spirit to me. The palette is loaded. The painting begins.