In his diplomatic and journalistic career Maine native David D. Pearce has always done the hard things in the hard places. His art 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. Joining the U.S. Department of State next, Pearce learned Arabic and served over three decades 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. Since leaving public service in 2016 Pearce and his wife have divided their time between Maine and Southern California. 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.