Joyanna Rose Gittings

Contemporary Watercolor

I paint with all the love and knowing and wonder I have. My work is driven by what I notice around me; trees rustling together, mothers cuddling their children, the explosion of a Colorado sunset, the peaceful softness of the New Mexico desert, a hand on a shoulder, golden forests in the Scottish highlands. There is one central theme: tenderness. It is fleeting, so strong it can bring you to your knees in tears, and very often found in a realm that at other times is violent and harsh. I believe in tenderness. I believe we all need as much of it as possible. We get up, work, face difficulties, conflict, and tragedy; tenderness is a vital counterpoint. I work to bring tenderness to everyday life with my paintings, to make it tangible and brilliant and so fiercely evident it physically warms the viewer.