Watercolorist Don Eccleston still inspired at 84

Apocryphally, the Fountain of Youth is, well, water.

But maybe the alchemical secret to eternal vigor lies in watercolors – as in the painting technique.

It certainly works for Don Eccleston, a prolific 84-year-old artist from Uncasville whose fanciful watercolor canvasses have been familiar and popular at various local galleries and art shows for years – not to mention showings in Los Angeles and New York City. Just as meaningfully, Eccleston says the whole creative process is remarkably sustaining.

“Continuing to do art is very important to me, and it keeps me alive and energized,” Eccleston says. “Painting is absolutely therapeutic. There’s the satisfaction of making that color spread on a piece of paper. I don’t rely on inspiration from the outside, although that happens, too. It all comes through what I’ve lived, through all the experiences I’ve had.”

Eccleston is seated in the living room

Article source: http://www.theday.com/article/20140110/ENT18/301109996/1017

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