Susan Darwin, Vista 4

Working with oil, I paint from either an object or inspiring photo in a way that feels to me both compressed and intense. I usually paint a series over the course of one or two years—items from the ocean are a recurring theme, but subject matter varies, from portraits to flowers to landscapes to shells. My aim is to capture a moment in a piece that is abstract yet truthful; I call it “realistic abstraction”—viewers know what’s there, but it isn’t photo-realistic. Matisse said, “Exactitude is not truth,” and I’m searching for the expressive line or color that speaks of the essence and personality that initially drew me to the subject. Find her here!

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