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artist statement

My landscapes, abstractions and portraits are inspired by nature, the human body, and the universal elements of the human experience on this planet.

 

My mission is to connect with people through emotional encounters, exploring essential topics like environmentalism, unity, social justice, and promoting emotional and spiritual awareness as a path to personal growth. 

Through my art, I aim to inspire positive action, raise awareness on important issues, and foster compassion and self-healing.

about me & the creative process

I am a Hudson Valley, NY-based multi-disciplinary artist, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

I work in mixed media, alternating with and integrating paper collage, found materials, natural earth-based oil and watercolor paints, plant-based acrylics, graphite, and oil pastels. 

Painting and drawing has been present in my life since I was a little child, but it wasn't until the pandemic that I took on making art on a regular basis. 

I've found that there's a point in the painting process where I enter into a state of ecstatic thrill. Here I experience a space for complete expression: dance, rhythm, song and joy happen simultaneously while applying paint to the canvas. 

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My internal creative process varies from piece to piece. A piece may start with an idea, concept, topic or question that comes to me through the events in my life at a specific time. I then meditate on it, and visualize an image. Differently, in some pieces, I might just invite a color to guide me to a shape, which later develops and evolves into a combination of colors and materials. I try my best not to get in the way of intuition when it comes to creativity. The creations I'm most happy with come along when I let myself explore and release control. 

Audiences interpret and decipher their own meanings of my work, often sharing with me their impressions and expressing vulnerabilities that the work brings up for them. Other times, I weave in my background as an intuitive writer, singer-songwriter, and sound & energy healing practitioner. A visual piece then morphs into a multidimensional experience, accompanied by a poem, soundscape, song, or written message. Each of these pieces hold information for the viewer, and can serve as a catalyst for them to relate deeply to their own inner wisdom.

As an environmental activist and throughout my journey with paint, I became aware of the damaging effects of acrylic, petroleum, and chemical products used by our industry on our ecosystem. After much research and investigation, I am now in the midst of a full transition to earth-based paints and materials in order to align my medium with my mission and reimagine art-making as a connection between humans and nature. 

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