Moroccan Sunburst

9.45"W x 12.60"H x 0.0"D

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Conan O'Zhao

Smyrna, GA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: landscape, scenic, bright colors, bright, dry, palm trees, sun, donkey, desert

Media: watercolor on paper

Size: 9.45"W x 12.6"H x 0.04"D

Year Created: 2014

This idea for this watercolor painting originates from my 2014 travels to Morocco. Hills of houses made of red and tan-colored clay basking in the hot sun, along with the people living in them, spoke to me of a different story of the desert. Whether it's the locals resting in the shade, or the red carpets left out to dry by the house in the back, or the bulky palm trees erecting themselves like sentries throughout the valley, every scene speaks of a picture of the resilience of life.

I'm a Californian currently living in Atlanta. In the years of 2011 and 2012 I have the opportunity of spending an unforgettable year in the South of France in the city of Aix-en-Provence where I studied art history for the first time, and learned to look at art works and look at nature through a more mature and inquisitive lens. It was then when I learnt of what the pioneering artists were trying to achieve, and I try to pursue not their subject matters, nor their styles, but their principle. I see painting as a never ending process of self discovery, and a discovery of the relationship of myself and the world.

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