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Recapturing the Oddness of Beauty

By Shasta Grant When I am walking in the woods, observing a sunset, or standing face to face with an animal, I am sometimes struck by how ordinary moments can also be extra-ordinary or even surreal. Watching nature closely in all its three-dimensional glory is awe-inspiring. From early in childhood I resorted to visual art to express my appreciation for all the strange beauty around me. Eventually, I learned the lesson of the expressionists: though nature itself can appear surreal, painting the world exactly as it looks won’t convey the same experience or emotion. Manipulating colour to defy the viewer’s…
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Rural Artist, Urban Roots

By Miyoshi Kondo A crowded alley stacked with the geometric shapes of buildings. The lone house perched on a hill surrounded by sea and trees. Both are equally inspiring. Each call to be painted. The ideas for my artwork stem from a curiosity of how our natural and constructed environments affect each other, the impact of technology, and the concept of home. I can paint contentedly in a room overlooking a bustling street or facing a field of corn. For me, the difference of working in an urban or rural setting is more evident when it comes to the business…
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