Size: 38"W x 24"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The realistic texture and color of these birch trees contrasts with the smooth, fictional color gradient of the background. The peaceful colors and asymmetrical but balanced composition keep the eye moving across the three 12” x 24” panels that make up this painting. The bright white and peeling nature of birch trees are an ideal subject to represent with layers of oil paint and different sized brushstrokes.
I present my work to you as an aspiring artist who hopes to, one day, fulfill my ambition of becoming an art teacher. In addition to teaching, I hope to continue to learn and improve my artistic practices, to expand my skill set, and pursue my passions. As a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am currently working towards dual degrees in Art Education and Photography degrees. And while I may not focus my studies on painting, I have always had a passion for it and enjoy practicing it as a hobby and creative outlet. Falling in love with art at a very young age has allowed me to gradually refine my interests and style; and one motif in my work that fascinates me and appears in my work is layering. The way colors can be layered to create another beautiful color, the way different mediums can be layered to create dimensionality, and the way digital layers can be combined to visually create something that does not exist is not only intriguing, but also deeply empowering. I love that art can be something that the artist can control, but is truly something that controls the artist. I layer color, textures, and subject matter to create various moods and landscapes in my art. But it is really my environment and experiences that influence what I portray. My life in Illinois, from the life in the busy city of Chicago, to the sprawling surrounding suburbia, to the more classic Midwestern landscape of central Illinois has influenced, and continues to influence, my art. I hope that as my life progresses and I continue to develop as an artist the layers in my art will reflect my experiences, growth, and happiness.