Artist shows her true colors

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Watercolor artist Georgette Evans Grey works to make her artwork stand out beyond the surface of the medium. Her watercolor techniques are carefully stroked across the page to bring each picture to life.

Grey started watercolor painting in 1986 and has also worked in ceramics and printmaking, she said. She feels a special connection to nature, which comes out in her paintings of birds, landscapes, flowers and bugs.

“Even when it’s frustrating, it is still interesting,” Grey said. “I like to share knowledge and teach others about art.”

Watching her father, an aeronautical engineer, design equipment, build furniture and paint by numbers inspired Grey. She said he was a very design-oriented person.

Her mother, also an inspiration, was a seamstress. Grey said her mother’s color sense influenced her choice to become an artist.

Grey said before beginning work on a piece, she has to see how all the parts will fit together. First she starts with a drawing and adds shadows. By adding shadows she makes her two dimensional paintings seem three dimensional and with that there is a sense of depth, she said.

Grey’s artwork at the Chamber of Commerce displays her understanding of islands and coastal things, such as lighthouses, sea shells, coastal gardens and more, she said.

Grey has been drawing since she was 4 years old and started painting when she went to college for art. Her work hangs in Spain, England and Switzerland, as well.

She said she likes watercolor painting because there is so much that can be done with it. Grey said painting with watercolors involves a lot of color mixing and multiple types of paint — staining, transparent, semi opaque and granulating — all used in different ways to convey dimensions.

After Grey took art in school, she became a graphic designer and really hated painting. But then she saw the show “The Magic of Watercolor Painting” with Tom Lynch on PBS, and fell in love with watercolor. Grey was born in Oklahoma and lived all over the country except in the northwest region. She and her husband, Prescott, came from Massachusetts to live in Las Cruces in the 1980s and they both fell in love with New Mexico. They moved to Socorro after Prescott got a job here. Recently, together, they opened Vertu Fine Art gallery where her artwork is on display.