acrylic on canvas panel
This is Iris Dowson who showed my cousin and I warm hospitality when we visited her yesterday. Iris is the widow of Joe Dowson, my first ever professional art teacher. Joe passed away in 2013. He was an avid painter. He painted Hawaiian scenes right out of his head. I took from him when I was about 14 or 15. My Mom doesn't have many of my recent paintings hanging on her wall but there are several that are from Joe's class.
The waterfall painting came out of my head but I was thinking of Joe. He would have done more colorful foliage but I felt like this was finished. Iris often took paintings away from Joe before he thought he was finished. Our conversation yesterday was a good reminder of how I sometimes have an impulse to overwork things.
Mahalo Nui Loa Iris!