Mike Chavez

    Michael Chavez says watercolor is "almost like mathematics - you have to figure out how to make things work.".  The Natomas Park artist began painting after he retired from a phone company career in the Bay Area.  He has been involved in art for 20 years, taking classes and working on his technique, and has been painting seriously for eight to ten.
    Chavez echeos the sentiments of many artists relatively new to the Sacramento area, saying it can be hard to get work into shows.  He has found a supportive community of artists through the Natomas Artists (
www.NatomasArtists.org) and has shown his work at groups events including shows at, Sacramento City Hall, the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center (www.benarts.org), the Fine Arts Center in Carmichael and American River College.  "I have perseverance," he says.  "I like the fact that I've done it myself.  Sometimes I get stuck or hit a plateau.  Then you look at other people's work and it can help you get better."
    Although he prefers watercolor, he works every day at his drawing, carrying a sketchpad with him.  Chavez's goals include trying new techniques, and painting more outdoors.