Subject Tags: sky, oil painting, september, mystical, contemporary, impressionism, forest, california landscape, landscapes, impressionistic, post-impressionism, metallic gold, pinks, stormy, sunset painting, sunset, nature inspired, cottonwoods, tree painting, trees
Size: 24"W x 30"H x 1.8"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This is the magical, mystical cottonwood tree outside my cabin in Lake Hughes, California. I feel the protection of its branches like arms embracing me; and its roots reach towards the center of the Earth, grounding us and connecting us to all living beings on the planet. This is what I feel when I am in the presence of this tree. I'm painting a series of this tree captured in one significant moment, one slice of spacetime, during the last six months of 2015.
This particular moment was a stormy sunset in September. The wind made the leaves sparkle like gold in the dying light of the sun. I used metallic gold enamel to attempt to capture that light.
Born in the USA, but I grew up in Chile. That land of wine, poetry, and magic inspired in me early on to create my own visual language. I call it “visual poetry”: people, landscapes and objects selected and stylized to capture an emotion. Back in the USA, in Nebraska, the solitude of endless skies and prairie drew me within to my own realms of imagination. Even though I have a Minor in Art as part of my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, much of my work is self-explored. I got my MA in London, where I was inspired by the great masterpieces, in particular, that of Impressionistic and Post-Impressionistic artists from whom I've "borrowed" some of my techniques. Here in Los Angeles, California, where I currently reside, I continue my search to give visual expression to the inner experience of our outer world. I'm inspired by the beautiful diversity of people, the variety of environments and the vibrancy of the art scene that currently surrounds me .