When I first "gave myself permission" to be an artist, I studied watercolor with Marie Shaunessey (sic) in Anchorage, Alaska. She was a lovely artist, first generation Japanese, from Detroit Mi. (her family went back to Japan for 18 years due to WWII and then relocated back to Michigan)
During our class we would chat about Hudson's and other Detroit landmarks. Of course we discussed art making and who her influences were. She was a student of Edgar A. Whitney.
I took two watercolor workshops with Mr. Whitney. He was in his nineties at the time. This is one of the paintings I did after my studies with Marie and Ed.