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Thinks Art Exiting, Challenging; Work on Display at Desert Club

Watercolors by Thos. Potts


Last updated 9/26/2015 at 9:53am

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This story was featured in the July, 1965 issue of the Borrego Sun.

"Thomas S. Potts, who signs his work, Thos. Potts, and who is buyer for San Diego's General Dynamics/Astronautics when he isn't painting, will show his watercolors are the Desert Club from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. July 4. His exhibit will move next to the University of San Diego.

Potts has been painting for 23 years and his motto is "watercolors to live with." He believes good art should be within the means of all the people. Many, he thinks, consider original are expensive and for possession only by the chosen few who are wealthy connoisseurs.

It's Necessary

To the oft-repeated phrase "I don't know a thing about art, I only know what I like," he is quick to reply that this is all that's necessary. If a person likes a painting, he has succeeded in appreciating what the artist has tried to express, or at least in enjoying his own interpretation of that painting. This is what makes art so exciting and challenging he says - to express one's own feelings and have this expression appeal to others is the ultimate in achievement.

His work has appealed to others because last year in the Southern California Exposition "Santa Barbara to the Border" show, his watercolor was among the 177 chosen from 439 entries by Judges Vincent Price, Irene Periera and Vance Kirkland.

Potts now paints almost exclusively in watercolor. This media, above all others, in his estimation, allows the maximum freedom of expression and offers the best means of quickly portraying a mood. While some work is done on location, he often prefers a brief sketch which he can then translate in his studio without distracting detail usually present in any scene.

Owns Property

Potts is on the board of directors of the San Diego Watercolor Society, a member of the Clairmont Art Guild and the San Diego Art Institute.

He and Mrs. Potts have spent much of their time here and recently purchased property in Borrego Springs."

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