Yuri Ozaki displaying artwork at Townsend Atelier

For Yuri Ozaki, working in watercolors is like trying to get a cat to do what you want it to do.

“Trying to control the water and paints often ends up in muddy color, or [it gives it a] stiff appearance. I often tell my students that watercolor is like a cat: You will fail if you try to control a cat,” she says.

“My approach to watercolor is leading the water, instead of controlling,” she says. “If an unexpected event happens, I usually let that happen. If a painting looks like it wants to go [in a] different direction from my plan, I let it go. It is not as easy as saying. It takes a lot of practice to listen to your painting.”

You can see the results of her work beginning Saturday, Nov. 19, at Townsend Atelier on 11th Street. After the opening reception on Nov. 19, the Ozaki’s work will be on display at the gallery through the end of the month. The show is presented by Natasha Romanova, a local art agent who maintains an online art gallery at www.romanovaart.com. She also represents several artists, including Ozaki, and puts together pop-up art galleries around Chattanooga.

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