MILTON — Deborah Wear-Finkle will demonstrate the art of sumi-e oriental brush painting for a Santa Rosa Art Association event. She will also demonstrate a few things using western watercolors.

The demonstration is 9 a.m. March 23 in building 4800, Pensacola State College, 5988 U.S. Highway 90, Milton.

Wear-Finkle will bring practice paper, ink and some "rice" paper for everyone to try. "Do not go out and buy anything – you can make do with what you have," an SRAA media release stated.

"Wear-Finkle will have a few extra sumi brushes, but if you have some decent watercolor brushes (size 8-20 round), bring those; a small palette or dish to mix a few shades of gray; a water container; a covering for your workspace, a few watercolors if you have them."

The artist has studied the sumi-e technique for seven years under the training of Frederica Marshall, an internationally known sumi-e master ( She is a member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Shibui chapter in Mobile, Alabama.

She fell in love with oriental brush painting when stationed on Guam with the U.S. Navy.