Watercolor Artist

Backyard BEAUTY

For Bivenne Harvey Staiger, nature and painting are as intertwined as clematis climbing a trellis. The artist likes to paint dramatically by using bright color, crisp detail and bold contrast, and she doesn’t need to go far to find inspiration. There are enough birds and flowers around her home in Cromwell, Conn., to keep her endlessly engaged.

“Whenever I see something that catches my eye, I’ll photograph it, sketch it or make a mental note of it,” Staiger says. “There are subjects to paint everywhere I look. I find beauty everywhere.”

Birds, in particular, bring the artist special joy. “Because they’re frequently in motion, they connect us to the environment by attracting our attention,” she says. “They disappear just as quickly, but I like the

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