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An artist takes in the world and seeks to understand it. The result is a picture of her mind. I study Studio Art at Carleton College in Minnesota. My inspiration comes from nature: the way light diffuses through tree branches, the richness of color in a prairie, the subtlety of snow lit by a white sky. I make marks that aim to convey this beauty, but also have a beauty of their own.

My series of fruit still lives come from an interest in how art can create an atmosphere. So often we think of art as occupying some separate realm. It goes on the museum wall and we say ‘that is art’ and it is kept carefully separate from life. I wanted to do work that gets involved. I wanted to become part of a space that people actually live in.
I chose fruit as subject material because it is bright and cheerful and adds an appealing element to a space where people connect to one another through food. Produce also appeals to me in that it is one of the few pieces of nature that find their way indoors. So it has the perfect combination: the beauty of nature and the association of a cozy place where families can be together and enjoy one another’s company.

I was delighted by the plump shape of these pears, and loved that one had a leaf. Naturally, this meant postponing lunch to instead get started on a painting. Using a palette knife, I painted the pears on a large scale, creating a dramatic, graphic quality. The colors are rich, yet subtle. Beautiful in any room of the house.

This painting is done on a 20x24" canvas with staple-free, painted sides so there is no need to frame it! It will ship between cardboard and bubble wrap in a box. Contact me with any questions at lumafineart [!at] gmail.com.