Herb Pearce: Visual Artist, Author, Photographer, Soloist
I am an artist of several modalities. I’m a visual artist, and an author of 6 books covering the topics of the Enneagram personality types, the personalities of all 44 US Presidents, white water canoeing, and Herb’s tips for living. I’m a soloist in my church, and I sing with a local group, The Family Folk Chorale. I’m also a photographer. I attended Brooks Institute of Photography and had a business in animal and pet photography. Both of these experiences taught me about values contrast, subject inclusion, and backgrounds. Dance, especially swing and tap dance, as well as poetry writing, have also played an important part in my life.
My current interest is creating visual art of nature scenes using watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, and graphite or colored pencils. I never dreamed that I would sell 30 works of art as I have in the last few years. I’ve had a profound connection to nature, herbs, plants and birds since childhood. I attend and lead birdsong, plant, flower, and tree ID walks, and my art expresses my love for nature.
I’ve had some of my work in art shows, but mostly my art is displayed in my apartment, which can be seen online with this link
. I paint indoors and out, and the art process is always a journey of learning and discovery. My mother and I used to paint together, and those experiences are some of my fondest memories. I’ve taken a number of art classes, including pencil portrait drawing, botanical drawing, calligraphy, and figure drawing. My favorite subjects are trees, birds, animals, shells, leaves, flowers, grasses, ocean scenes, rivers, mountains, and barns. I plan to do a series of moon paintings.
My art pieces allow me to look more deeply at what I’m drawing or painting. In my mind’s eye, I create something that speaks to conscious and subconscious memories of nature. My art goals are to have a deeper understanding and experience of perspective, color mixing, and the use of more intense contrast. I’m always learning, and I deeply appreciate looking at work of fellow artists and going to art and gallery shows. Art is an avenue to experience spirit and love, beauty, and depth, and the joy and struggle of human experience with nature, and with each other.