What motivates you to create a watercolor painting? Are there specific subjects you enjoy painting? Here is my artist story. As a realistic Watercolorist, I create paintings of wildlife and landscapes found across our diverse country. Recently, I was asked if the subject matter chooses me or the other way around. As I create paintings the subject matter always chooses me! Here is an example. In 2017, while tent camping at Yellowstone National Park, a herd of Cow Elk and young Elk traveled through our campground. I immediately started photographing the Elks’ interactions and beautiful evening light. In my mind, I was creating future paintings, watching specific Elk behavior and their story. I observed one young Elk, whose Cow Elk traveled quickly through our campground. The young Elk was busy grazing, not paying attention. As the young Elk looked up, it appeared to be bewildered. My motivation to tell this Elk’s story was identified. I titled my future watercolor painting, “Where did you go?” When completed, I will post this painting on my artist website: www.deenajharkinsart.com. As visual artists, we have an important role, we capture a special moment or record a visual story that can be shared with future generations.