oil on canvas
I have had a love for the landscape since I was a child accompanying my father, an agriculture teacher, visiting his student’s projects, driving the back roads in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The central focus of my work is the landscape in contemporary realism form. There is a complexity found in each scene that is simplified to some extent, at the same time retaining the essence of the place at hand by incorporating many layers of paint that play hide and seek with depth of field and detail.
I've been a ballerina since I was seven years old. I have trained mostly in Russian Vaganova style. This type of ballet although it is very strenuous and technically challenging, it's meant to look fluid and effortless. These qualities translate into the way that I paint. My work emphasizes the tensions implicit in combining the human mind and the world it perceives. What is underneath the surface is how I see the world. I want to make visible what is invisible. I intend to narrate my feelings and thoughts through painting.
I paint fleeting moments of beauty found in the landscape. It is not that beauty is rare, I believe the opposite is true, every moment is beautiful but it is also always changing. My art is an attempt at capturing that moment before it is gone. I am especially inspired by skies, water and trees. I love to paint outside whenever possible, because all of your senses are involved in the experience. In the studio I work from sketches and photographs. I paint with both oils and watercolors depending on my mood and the circumstances.
I paint to be creative, totally losing myself in the art as I paint, in the story it’s telling and how it connects with the viewer. I chose my focal point and let the story evolve. My musical art inspires people to play and my romantic paintings spark their desire to hug or kiss their partner. I see them look at my art and make their own stories.