Maine artist David D. Pearce was a journalist for nine years and a diplomat for 35. His artwork reflects this experience. As a wire service reporter, he covered revolution in Lisbon, civil war in Beirut, and political and economic change in the Arab world. As a writer-editor with the National Geographics book service, he traveled to Southeast China just as the country was beginning to open up to the outside world, and he authored the concluding chapter of the 1982 NGS book Journey Into China. With the U.S. Department of State, Pearce served in 11 overseas posts throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. He was Ambassador to Algeria and Greece, and U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem. Travel nourished a lifelong habit of drawing, and he began to paint actively when posted to Algeria in 2008. His medium of choice is watercolor, because he likes the degree of difficulty and the constant challenge of turning sudden developments into unexpected opportunity. There are no do-overs in watercolor, just as there are no do-overs in diplomacy.