Subject Tags: vintage look, victorian, fashion art, romantic art, love and romance, impressionism, elegant interior painting, blues and greens, pretty girl, female figurative, original oil paintings, blue dress, figures and portraits, woman portrait, beautiful woman art
Size: 14"W x 11"H x 0.8"D
Year Created: 2017
In this painting a pale woman gracefully lounges in an elegant gown of peacock blue upon a green and gilt sofa in a deep turquoise room. She glows within the luxurious jewel tones of her surroundings. I've been interested lately in creating a story and evoking the atmosphere of times past. She is a dramatic, romantic figure, lost in reverie...perhaps an aristocratic lady awaiting her lover. I expressed this mood with soft edges and appropriately painterly and loose strokes.
I paint in oils on canvas or panel by hand, using traditional methods. There is something I love about picking up a brush, placing paint where I feel it should go and creating a piece of art out of nothing just as painters have done for hundreds of years. It's like magic, alchemy...there is no feeling that quite compares for me. I gravitate towards painting people and faces. I shift between inspirations from the past and current times and I see connections that I hope the viewer will also see. In a world that can move quickly I want to capture the brief, precious moments and emotions in life, to stop and honor them.
I have been drawing and making art in some form since I was four years old. I was born in Washington DC but, as the daughter of an American diplomat, spent much of my childhood in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. I studied art at Parsons School of Design and afterwards traveled to Europe to learn from the masterpieces in the great museums of London, Paris, Rome and Florence. I studied oil painting at a private atelier in Lisbon and had my first solo exhibit there. My work is in numerous collections throughout the United States and Europe. I currently reside in Arlington Virginia, just across the river from Washington DC.