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Photo portrait
Stephanie Estrin
United States

My work explores the relationship of human nature and emotion captured on canvas that embody my feelings at the moment of their creation. I begin each work with marks, brush strokes, and even my bare hands with the paint to get fully immersed in the process. It's intuitive, physical and emotionally freeing. Through additive and subtractive processes, I create layers of colors and marks. Some of the marks and beginning layers of color are partially or completely covered. All of this amounts to a visual story. I use many layers and transparencies in my compositions to provide depth and to entice the viewer to look closer under the surface to be delighted or intrigued by what they see. My biggest motivation is connection. To me, painting is about connecting to my soul and to the viewer. When I paint, I am fully present and what emerges is an intrinsic language that is highly personal, yet at the same time, universal as we all have emotions. With the use of color, I strive to make statements through my art that are positive and uplifting; providing my viewer a glimpse into my world. Given my spontaneous process, each of my paintings holds a unique energy. I express myself through paint in a way that I can't do as effectively with words. Through this 'language' my thoughts and feelings are interpreted and transferred onto the canvas. I enjoy exploring color to provoke emotional responses and expression. It's my intent to allow the viewer space for their own personal interpretation of what they see and feel.
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