My name is Dee Ann Layton. My art style is a fusion of East Asian brush painting with Western transparent watercolor. I use handmade rice papers, silk, watercolor papers or watercolor canvas.
What sparks my choice to paint? I feel line, rhythm, repetition, saturated color in basic shapes, the overlooked and hidden places that change one’s perception of the flow of light. I enjoy the uncontrolled movement of watercolor on a surface, joined with sound design principles, often executed in sumi-e ink.
As an adult, my formal art training took place in Chicago, Illinois with several members of the Illinois Watercolor Society. My undergraduate minor was in Studio Art from the urban school, Roosevelt University; my major degree was in Computer Science.
|Harbor Golden Hour|
I have received private cross-cultural art training in East Asian Brush painting from three separate Chinese born/ trained sumi-e master artists. I am also a member of the International Sumi-e Society of America, and the National Capitol Area Sumi-e Society (NCAS.) Since 2011, I have been the artist-in-residence at a Stafford Country winery, Hartwood Winery in Fredericksburg, VA.
In 2019, I was accepted into the Hill Center Galleries “TREEmendous” Juried Exhibition with my fusion piece, Rose Park-Georgetown in Springtime. I have also shown sample artworks in the areas of figurative work, animal example, landscape and abstract artwork.
|Rose Park - Georgetown in Springtime|