Size: 12"W x 16"H x 0.25"D
Curator's Note: This piece is both enchanting and surreal, as a seemingly unnatural experience takes place in nature's scenery. The title describes the scene and conveys the idea that the light has a presence. The idea for this piece originated while walking in the woods. The light coming through the trees made me think of this fantasy scene where the light contains a presence. I chose to depict a woman in a nightgown who may be dreaming the experience...but I leave the interpretation to the viewer. To convey the presence of a higher power in the rays of light, I have shown the woman levitating from the encounter, adding to the dreamlike quality.
Armand Cabrera was born in San Francisco. He moved to beautiful Northern Virginia where he enjoys the challenge of painting the 4 seasons. An award-winning, self-taught artist, Armand is a full time oil painter represented by galleries across the United States. In addition to his Fine Art career, Armand has spent 2 decades as a successful production artist in the computer games and entertainment industry, creating conceptual designs, background art, and special effects animation and storyboarding. His clients include LucasFilm Games, Disney, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Virgin Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures. Armand has had numerous One-Man Exhibitions and his work is found in notable corporate and private collections around the world. He has been juried into the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Competition, Sonoma Plein Air, Plein Air Easton, California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibitions, Carmel Art Festival, Telluride Plein Air, Sonora Plein Air, International Museum of Contemporary Masters "Salon International", Napa Valley Museum, Rocky Mountain Plein Air, The Haggin Museum and many other national exhibitions. Armand has been honored with top awards at many of these shows. Armand writes weekly informative articles about his painting process, the business of art and historical artists on his very popular blog. He teaches studio and plein air classes when his schedule permits. Armand instructs how to simplify and organize the painting process. Seasoned painters learn how to solve advanced problems and perfect their technique. Armand is often published in regional and internationally-known fine art publications. International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Plein Air Magazine, Art of the West, Art Business News, The Piedmont Virginian, Elan and Southwest Art Magazines have recognized Armand as one of the premier, contemporary painters in the country. Artist Statement About His Imaginative Realism Paintings... During the last few years, I've rekindled my love of reading imaginative fiction. This has led to paintings of imaginative works of art. These works are free of art direction and constraints of modern illustration. The paintings have more in common with the 19th century pre-Raphaelite painters. While I continue to paint traditional paintings from life for galleries and clients, I've decided to take what I've learned and apply that to some imaginative works based on my own ideas or from stories I've read over the years. I show this work at IlluXCon, the premiere venue for this kind of painting. These paintings represent my duel interest in Plein Air and Imaginative painting. The reason I create these pieces can be as simple as capturing an effect of light or a reason to express a human emotion---fear, love, joy, etc. In this sense, my work has more in common with 19th Century Narrative painting than Contemporary Illustration.