I retired from U.R.I. after thirty years as a Professor of Communication Studies and Women’s Studies. Looking for creative ways to fill my now free time, I took a wood painting class in Providence enjoying making colorful candlesticks, jewelry boxes and even a table. When my Art Group planned a two-week trip to Italy, I eagerly accepted. While in Italy my other art friends were painting landscapes and buildings and I, not having furniture to paint, took photos! Upon returning from that trip I decided to take up watercolor painting. My first teacher was an old friend and noted watercolorist Sam Rouslin, who said he would teach me the basics. Two years later he said I should take classes from Carole Berren for more advanced instruction, where I still take weekly classes and thrive from her teaching and critiques. At the same time, I joined the Wickford Art Association and became so involved that I eventually served as Vice President and President and as a regular volunteer at the Art Festival.
– Judith Anderson