AFTER A DAZZLING YEAR tracking Margo Voermans, I’m finally in the driver’s seat and wondering how I got here and why. The short explanation is I appreciate Montana watercolor society and love all it does for artists at all stages of development, offering opportunities for: exposing our work in a national show; signature membership in a prestigious watercolor society, taking workshops with nationally known and world class artists; interacting with other artists, and much more. I stepped up out of my retirement into the office of Vice President because no one else was ready or willing to do it at this time last year and several years prior to this. will it be a futile gesture on my part? will MTWS survive beyond my term of office? The answer is, it will! I am delighted to announce that since I stepped up, younger artists have appeared willing and able to pitch in and join the Board. There still remain several board positions that are either empty and need filled or that need a replacement for members who are ready to step down. we hope to do that this year with your help. in the meantime, be assured that our precious society is strong and healthy. There is no more talk about ending its existence in 2020. Artist statement Being an artist has taught me to look at the world in a special way, awakening me to color, shape, design and beauty in nature and everywhere. I am inspired by mountains, water, and skies, the intimacy of flowers, human figures and faces, and animals, domestic or wild. I want my art to hold the beauty of Earth and her human family in a good place, a true loving light. I am happiest creating art with watercolor or acrylic paints in the studio or plein air, alone or with friends, in a style ranging from representational to impressionistic. My greatest reward and delight is in learning that one of my paintings has touched the heart and imagination of another person.