The first thing I would say about Willa is that she’s “painterly” – a term I imagine I would almost never think to apply to a young art student and not very often to an adult. Her use of paint is delicately restrained, but not in the sense of being scared or timid – she controls her technique in order to get the results she wants. Although she, like anyone else, has much to learn, she’s already an artist in the way she focuses the skills she has to achieve a creative goal.
I should add that none of the kids had seen my sunset paintings – I taught them at their place – so this sunset comes completely out of Willa’s head, not mine. This was one of several pieces in which Willa showed an uncanny ability to paint water, usually one of the most treacherous of subjects.