Welcome to my website! I’m Mary Ellen Gerster and I love to share in my life experiences through my watercolour art.
I have been a professional artist since 1980, teaching and displaying works both in individual showings and (in concert) with others including many juried shows. I have taught courses for various educational bodies (locally, nationally & internationally) and operated a home-based studio for many years.
Painting originally in acrylics and then oils, I have become proficient at painting realism in watercolour. I love to immerse the viewer in my bright and glowing watercolour paintings through the layering of transparent colour. Taking my inspiration from photographs I’ve taken, I strive to create near photographic realism in my still life, fruit, flowers and waterscapes.
Achieving a high degree of realism requires an accurate drawing with a high degree of detail. Using transparent watercolours to create precise, sharp-focused paintings, I embrace the transparency of my medium. Transparent watercolours and the laying of colours creates beautiful, subtle variations in tone, vibrancy and depth.
My education is continual, as I never stop learning the intricacies of painting in watercolour.