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With my paintings I hope to describe why a scene is beautiful. I attempt to simplify the layers of information and reduce the noise to reveal the intrinsic beauty that is present in every moment, in every place.
Join me in my adventure as I delve into the world of landscape painting after many years of working as a classically trained portrait artist. In this new endeavor from the traditional style of layering oil paints or chalk pastels to get a realistic likeness of a person, to the Impressionist's style of "all prima" painting which entails quick painting with large brushstrokes, capturing the essence or impression of a scene, painting outdoors in a short time before the light and shadow changes. I have two small children so I am tethered to the home, feeling fortunate that life planted me close enough to the beautiful beaches of El Porto in Manhattan Beach, California. My tether will stretch far enough that I can paint…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 29
  • Joined May 18, 2009

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chalk pastel, oil paint, watercolors, acrylic paint

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Paintings "En Plein Air" And...

About

With my paintings I hope to describe why a scene is beautiful. I attempt to simplify the layers of information and reduce the noise to reveal the intrinsic beauty that is present in every moment, in every place.
Join me in my adventure as I delve into the world of landscape painting after many years of working as a classically trained portrait artist. In this new endeavor from the traditional style of layering oil paints or chalk pastels to get a realistic likeness of a person, to the Impressionist's style of "all prima" painting which entails quick painting with large brushstrokes, capturing the essence or impression of a scene, painting outdoors in a short time before the light and shadow changes. I have two small children so I am tethered to the home, feeling fortunate that life planted me close enough to the beautiful beaches of El Porto in Manhattan Beach, California. My tether will stretch far enough that I can paint the sparkling waters, hot sand, and the quickly disappearing beach cottages that give a glimpse into the past.
My journey to landscapes is unexpected and not something I ever thought I would be doing. It sort of started when I began following artists on Instagram. I had been desperately wanting to shift my focus from portrait commissions to my own compositions of landscape paintings, but wasn't sure how to do it or how these artists I so admired were doing it. I would take photos of the scenes I wanted to paint, but when I brought them back to the studio, the colors and emotions I saw and felt when I was on location were absent from the photo and therefore absent from my paintings. I thought, "these artists doing these amazing landscape paintings must have really fancy cameras that record the lighting and colors just as they are in nature." So I got a fancy camera and although the images were better I still didn't see in the photos what I had experienced actually being in the place. And then one of the artists I was following on Instagram posted a photo of themselves painting outside, easel and all. "What in the world is this crazy person doing?" I had heard of "Plein Air" Painting but thought it was just a hobbyist's activity, I had no idea that artists were creating their masterpieces out in the field, and not only my contemporaries but Monet, Degas and many of my favorite artists had created some of their best work outdoors. How had I missed this in all of my art history classes?
So after delving into books, magazines and You Tube videos about Plein Air painting I painted outside. I was hooked. Finally! I could record the moment, the colors, the lighting, the emotion, the sparkle, that impelled me to stop and take a photo. I thought of all the places I had visited, but the photos lacked the excitement and beauty I experienced when I was in the moment. Now I can record these moments and share them with others. The best part being the oneness I feel with nature when I am able to stop and contemplate deeply the beauty of the moment.
Every time I get a free two hours I head down to the beach or meet up with the various chapters of the California Art Club that meet around Southern California to paint. I love that Etsy gives me the outlet to display my work.

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