This painting was completed (mostly) "en plein air" at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, an amazing old mansion that hosts writers retreats and organic farmers. They also rent their sweet pool house, where my husband and I stayed for a long weekend. This if the view out to sea from the pool deck.
Artist Statement: I like to challenge conventions by fusing all artistic styles. I mostly paint with an Asian-inspired aesthetic that's laced with Impressionism and Expressionism, sometimes drifting into abstraction. I believe that essence or "qi" is the most essential element of a painting and try to infuse my work with vigorous energy and raw emotion. I grasp onto fresh perspectives of scenes, sentiments or intricacies drawn from the world around me. It could be a view out of window, a leaf in my garden, a seemingly magical moment from an outdoor adventure or simply a feeling so charged I can hardly stop myself from capturing it in any crazy complex form it comes out in.
acrylic on canvas
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