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39"W x 61"H x 0.1"D

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Deanna Fainelli

SAN RAFAEL, CA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: colorful abstract, large abstract, large painting, textured painting, urban, contemporary, abstract

Media: acrylic on canvas

Size: 39"W x 61"H x 0.1"D

Sometimes a girl just needs to paint. Abstract backgrounds are a key part of my mixed media work and painting is my first love so why not take my distinctive urban look to the next level. Inspired by urban graffiti, the patinated walls of abandoned buildings and even my paint-splattered studio floor, this painting on unstretched canvas measures approximately 39 x 61 inches (with an additional 2" border all around so it can hang as-is or it can be professionally stretched). Each piece is created by applying many layers of paint which I hand distress by sanding, scraping and rubbing, Then I paint again. The process is very physical and at times I look like I am playing a solo version of Twister or practicing a particularly torturous method of yoga, but it's worth it...I love the results.

Buckle up, this is art with a sense of adventure. The city is my muse and I love peeling away layers of its gritty wonderfulness to find fleeting moments that make up the urban experience. Through art I am able to elevate those moments and connect us with things that make city life so awesome. Using images, composition and color, I strive to make emotional connections that remind us to be aware of our surroundings, to look up and enjoying every day experiences. To create my mixed media work, I combine materials like original hand printed images of people and cityscapes with acrylic paint and paper (and whatever other materials I find)  to tie in visual elements that inspire me. Before printing my image, I create multiple layers for the background and then begin the process of removing areas to reveal what's beneath the surface. This process emulates the effects of time–peeling paint, rust, and layers of graffiti–adding details that help tell our urban stories. Sometimes I ditch the images and just paint, using an abstract style inspired by textures and street art.

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