Maria Kaprielian with her painting at the Mahopac Library LACE art show.

I’ve always been curious about the natural world, even from a very young age. I'll see something interesting and then immediately want to paint it. It's only when it's down on paper that I'll know if I captured that impulse and truly "understood" what I've seen. For me, it's not only about how that thing looked, but how I felt while painting it, capturing the quiet drama of the moment. I've worked almost exclusively in watercolor for the past 10 years and am still enthusiastic about the medium despite (or maybe because of) being constantly challenged by its quirky properties. It forces me to recognize the times when patience or spontaneity might work better for a given piece of artwork.