Spirit Animals (To Wolf, Love Tiger) 5″ x 7″

Never had I met a medium I related so well to, till I met watercolor. It was however, not a tale of love at first sight. The story begins with a disdain for all of the qualities I now endear. I hated the patience it required to paint an image rather than a muddy puddle. I disliked its vacant personality, staring back at me in the form of mundane flowery wall decorations. Luckily, watercolor was a cheap date, so I still gave it a go. And then I began to see our potential. Despite the control I wanted to posses over it, watercolor tended to sneak out of its intended place in sporadic acts of rebellion, and I sound learned that its little flaws were in face what I found most attractive. And although not the loudest of the bunch, watercolor had a lighthearted essence that complimented the heavier meaning I wanted to permeate my compositions with.

My watercolor painting are personal reflections of a struggle to find relationships and connections in the surrounding outside world. Although somewhat biographical, my ideas seek to encompass a larger audience, as the member recognize within the my work, their own individual lust for connection. try to communicate this story through the fusion of imagery from human and natural environments. I find that the human tendency to from romanticized relationships with nature exemplifies the aggressive character of our contemporary society. Too often, we fail to recognize the reaction to our action. Rather than speeding and seeing only blurred meaningless visions from our peripherals, much is to be learned if we slow down and heed the signs of our surrounding communicating world.

Watercolor has taught me the beauty of relinquishing some control, and with patience, allowance, and acceptance, I am able to admire the wild and reckless qualities it has to express. I am usually not one to dwell on the prospect of fairytale story-lines, so take a look at my paintings. The struggle is apparent and present in any relationship with observance, and my body of work speaks on that notion. My personal struggle to understand watercolor, and our human struggle to relate back to nature both parallel a general process of fostering a connection with elements of the outside world.

Lauren Kleppin
Gunnison, CO
May 2011


Exposed 33″ x 22″
Touch 22″ x 33″
Carpe Diem 13″ x 20″
Fire 8″ x 6″
Uprooted 33″ x 22″
Chasing Butterflies 22″ x 33″
Love Bites 22″ x 33″
Feather 4″ x 8″


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