18"W x 22"H x 0.3"D

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Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: contemporary, fantasy, trees, environment, abstract, exoplanet

Media: paper, yupo, acrylics

Size: 18"W x 22"H x 0.25"D

Curator's Note: There's an innately organic quality to this piece, as the paint flows almost like rivers meandering through land, or tree roots growing underground. The reason I chose the title for this piece is because Exo- in astronomy means "other planet" and these abstract trees and plants look like they were grown on another planet. I created this piece in June, 2015 at Leitworks Studio. My inspiration in creating this piece is simply that I love color, abstraction, and the environment. Throw in some astronomy concepts and you have Exo-Trees. This painting is done with Golden professional acrylics on Yupo paper.

Long ago in a galaxy far away, I was a talented child drawer, and that morphed into a love of painting. I received a degree in illustration while in high school. Later I studied fine arts painting at a university and have been painting ever since. I paint mostly in acrylic and watercolors. I do portraits, landscapes, and abstracts, and occasional series like wildlife on abstract backgrounds. I'm very interested in environmental causes and often do paintings about those themes. I am now doing an ongoing abstract series based on astronomy, a long-time love of mine. I am originally from Minnesota. I have also lived in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, North Dakota, and northern Minnesota. I don't really love to move, but I love to travel, especially to central America. Sometimes I interpret my travel photos later as paintings. I now live in the Atlanta Georgia area with my husband and cute dog. My studio is in my home so I can paint at 3:00 am if I want to, and yes, that happens. I'm a night owl painter, because for me, that's when the magic happens.

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