Memories and Stories
Watercolor Paintings by Bret Boyer
We are all a part of the great story — All of us, carrying bits and pieces of the fabric that becomes our own quilt of memories, our own story. Many of our stories are passed on like family Bibles — Passed on like a grandfather’s pocket watch or a box of tools, passed on like a grandmother’s wedding china, passed on to hold a place in our memory. We look at the old photos to see a part of ourselves — to search for that connection. While looking deep, we are always reminded that time is passing — How this moment, important enough to try and capture in a photograph, is now a memory.
I love looking through the stacks of old photos. Some of them become a feeling and an image in my mind. The image becomes an idea for a painting, and through the act of painting — emotions, memories, and stories. All of the paintings in this series are inspired by old family photos. They are all painted in watercolor. Painting in watercolor feels very much like playing music. I compose the painting. I try to capture the energy in the tones. The water and paint both have their own melodies. By improvising and reacting to the moment, you arrive at a painting that has some of its own harmony.
I grew up in a home with original paintings by local artists on the walls — In a family where memories and stories were also of great value. I’m so excited to share this series of paintings with you.
I hope you enjoy the work.