Contemporary paintings of women
My mission is to bring emotional strength and purpose to us through my romantic realism paintings of women. During the painting process I search for balance between strength and vulnerability. As an art educator, I want to make the ARTS cool again and therefore I commit to growing art appreciation among the public via my blog, YouTube channel, teaching and painting.
I love painting portraits of women! Although I see human anatomy as the most challenging to master, I’m strongly pulled to this subject to depict the complexity of our spirit in magic realism paintings. As artists we paint what’s inside us and paintings of women’s faces become a record of our lives. I find the painting process to be incredibly healing where I aim to evoke a beautiful, non-existent world in every artwork I create. I paint with a mission to help girls and women understand themselves and to discover their inner passion. We often give up, find excuses, or settle for less because we don’t fully understand who we are. I hope to touch your life in a positive way with my artistic pursuits. Art is a visual language that allows us to connect to others and ourselves emotionally regardless nationality or family upbringing. It forms a collective culture that values spiritual growth as opposed to material wealth.
I arrived at the theme of painting women after working on almost everything for two decades of my life, ever since I’ve picked up pencils and paper back in my twenties when I’ve already had a baby on my lap and a BA degree in management. While the subject of a beautiful female form has been the inspiration for realist artists for centuries, I come to paint women with the sensitivity and personal experiences of a female artist, expressing emotion through surreal composition and color. Color is a lot more than a concoction of bright pigments squeezed out of a tube for me. It’s been years of practice and learning to develop color harmonies that excite my eye without being garish. I’m still actively learning the complexity of deliberate color mixing, dragging or glazing one color over the other, overlaying and letting one hue dominate and complement the rest. Controlling the color means letting one hue lead, to see colors in black or white, and to create the atmosphere that transcends painting. I paint in realist tradition with the color of the Impressionists to create myriads of oil paintings of women and colored pencil drawings that celebrate our desire to live meaningful lives.
My visual inspiration comes from travel and classical art. When I have a chance to explore new countries, I take lots of pictures that I later incorporate into my art. Venetian architecture and patterns, rich Japanese and Thai woodcarvings, exuberant Baroque painting, the neoclassical 19th-century art, and most importantly snapshots of people contribute to my visual artistic development.
Figurative painting is a tough subject for artists to tackle. There are numerous technical aspects that make it difficult to convey emotion in a human form realistically, but at the same token it’s a very rewarding process that generates numerous artistic possibilities. Diving deeper, I feel like the more I know the more I don’t know drawing and painting for about 20 years now. Instead of painting everything, I constantly aim to simplify forms and composition to strip everything down to pure magic of painting.
HER mini-series: 50 panels
50 oil studies, HER mini series were completed for the Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to the Golden Globe nominees, talent and guests staying at the Four Seasons Hotel during the red carpet weekend 2018. Congratulations to all nominated artists!
I’m thrilled to become part of this opportunity! Recently I’ve completed 50 panels that are snapshots of common women and celebrities alike. These small oil paintings reveal a part of HER personality. I wish I had more time to devote to this project, but because I had a strict deadline to complete it on time, I had to push myself working on it day and night in a surreal state of panic. While most of the portraits were completed from my pictures, I also accepted submissions from social media, painted a few models and celebs, and used Pixabay for images to paint all 50 artworks. Oil painting requires multiple layering that I had to limit to just two passes because of time constraints. Therefore most panels have sketchy feel that I usually resolve in a finished oil painting.
Art Feature in the INSPADES magazine, issue sei
I’m very grateful to the INSPADES art magazine that shares my art and mission.
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