PRECIOUS MOMENTS

ARTIST CAROLYN EPPERLY CAPTURES CHERISHED MEMORIES

BY ERICA JACKSON CURRAN

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The months leading up to a couple’s wedding can be a whirlwind. From the engagement to dress-shopping, too often these moments get overlooked in the rush toward the big event. And painter Carolyn Epperly thinks that’s a shame.

“When my girls began the process of wedding planning, I realized that there were aspects of that journey that may have wonderful memories, but were going somewhat unrecorded,” Epperly says.

Following along with her camera, Epperly documented her daughters’ engagements and dress-shopping experiences. She then used her photographs to plan a series of paintings based on the experiences.

Using transparent watercolor allows Epperly’s paintings to convey emotion and atmosphere in a way that other art forms cannot. “Only in this medium can layers of color lie one on the other like sheer fabrics, each adding its influence yet staying separate,” she says. “The color achieved cannot be duplicated by any other form of painting.”

“My bridal work is very personal,” Epperly adds. “Should I be invited to help document some part of wedding preparation, then I will create a painting that will recall the cherished memory.”

For more information, visit carolynepperly.com.

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