He Enrolled in an Art Class That Revitalized His Talents
Dr. James Butcher enjoyed a prosperous 35-year career in academic-clinical psychology before his foray into watercolor painting, a passion that lay dormant since childhood, when a teacher praised his artistic potential. Doodling during lengthy faculty meetings was his only artistic outlet for many years until his spark was rekindled in 2002 when he rediscovered a sketch he made as a young parent. During a 2000 London sabbatical, with encouragement from his wife, he enrolled in an art class that revitalized his talents. Favoring watercolors, he gravitates towards vivid flowers and tranquil landscapes, possibly influenced by his cross-cultural travels for international research. Drawing inspiration from personal and shared photographs, his immersive artistic process often leads to pleasantly unexpected outcomes.