Ellen Allgaier Fountain works primarily in transparent watercolor, mixed-media and digital painting. She was self-taught until college, where, at the University of Arizona as a graduate student, she took her first watercolor class. She was immediately intrigued by its simplicity (pigment and water) and its difficulties. Unlike oil or acrylic, mistakes can’t be covered up, and early on, she found this both intimidating and challenging. That challenge has kept her focused on the medium ever since.
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