of art leads watercolorist to life-changing experience
Special to Douglas Times
Provided to the Reno Gazette-Journal
Reiko Hervin demonstrates the watercolor pencil technique she
will be teaching at a workshop June 3 in Gardnerville.
Reiko Hervin of Smith
Valley took a few art classes at Tokyo Women's College but
graduated with a major in English. She then worked more than
three years in an office but said she wasn't happy.
"I decided to change
direction in my life, to try just one more time at something I
liked but never pursued." She took all the money she had saved
and enrolled in Tokyo Design School, from which she graduated
Hervin worked at a major
television station in the graphic design department and also
studied under one of the great masters of Japanese art for
She met her husband,
Kurt Hervin in 1984 at a Christmas party. He was in Japan
working for an American computer company. They married in 1985,
intending to live in Japan but moved to the US in 1993 to help
care for his widowed mother.
The couple moved to
Smith Valley in 1997 when Kurt got a job in Carson City. They
have a 17-year-old son, Hiroki.
Hervin is a
watercolorist whose work has been shown in New York City and has
been featured in "Splash 9--Watercolor Secrets," by North Light
Books. Among other awards, she won the "Best of Show" in the
Nevada Artist Association competition and had a one-woman show
in 1999 at the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City.
She said she occasionally does calligraphy and some pen and ink
Hervin said she likes to
garden, and many of her floral paintings are of her own flowers.
Also, she also loves to watch movies and said they are often a
source of inspiration for her work.
She teaches drawing and
watercolor classes and also gives private lessons. She played
the piano when she was young and said she still plays a little.
Hervin was born in
Yokohama, Japan, a port city with people from many other
countries. Her mother and two brothers still live there. She
said her parents visited Smith Valley while her father was still
"They loved the area and
were surprised at the distances. They enjoyed the big sky and
the friendliness of strangers. That's different from Japan.
"I still love that:
looking into people's eyes, smiling and saying "Hi.'"
Hervin will teach a
watercolor pencil workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 3 at the
Cooperative Extension conference room in Gardnerville. Hervin
said using pencils provide the opportunity to paint quick
sketches, especially nice when traveling.
Students will learn
basic drawing and composition, values, color schemes and
watercolor pencil technique in the morning. The afternoon will
feature still life sketching and watercolor pencil painting on
The class fee is $45,
with a $20 non-refundable deposit required by May 31. Make check
payable to Reiko Hervin and mail to 11 Norton Lane, Wellington,
NV 89444. Include name, address, phone number and email address.
Upon receipt of deposit, Hervin will send the materials list.
information, contact Hervin at 775-465-1163 or
Constance Alexander is a
writer, art collector and founding member of the Carson Valley
Arts Council. She has lived in Carson Valley since 1977.