Vibrant oil and encaustic wax paintings by Philadelphia Artist

Artist Statement

By the Artist about her work:

My work has an expressive nature shown via vibrant color, bold brush stroke, and expressive lines which seek to recreate the emotion I feel as I am inspired by my subjects.

I create in oils, encaustic wax and icons using traditional egg tempera as well as a new love of welded salvage sculpture. I work mainly in oils and encaustic wax as they are best suited to my artistic temperament. I am in love with color so the expressive nature and unbeatable vibrant color of these mediums happily do my bidding. I am a prolific worker devoted to my full time art career and continued artistic growth.

I paint because I am overwhelmed by beauty and the miracle of nature.  These encounters move me to see life with a brand new sense of joy and wonder. I paint to express the truth of inspired design. When I paint natural subjects in person, that truth is undeniable. The lush beauty of nature sends us on a jourmey every time we experience it This is an encounter with the divine.

I often I work en plein air so I can best translate the euphoric color that I find. I battle sun, rain, wind, heat, cold, insects and no safe parking to get the best vision for my patrons. When outdoor painting is not optimal, I am in my studio working with molten pots of wax layering and scraping repeatedly. When I paint new worlds get opened to me constantly and I get a surge of energy that propels me to depict for my viewers that moment of discovery.

I have an urgency to translate those awestruck moments that must be studied immediately or be lost to us all forever.

This process informs my dreamlike studio works, too.  Here I weave together symbols to create dream landscapes.  Stars combine with oceans, which flow into heavenly figures and flowers. I dip my brushes into my Armenian ancestry and bring that love of color, pattern, and complexity. The innate connection with nature and the Divine truths in creation become intertwined.

My recent works have gone farther into my journey to narrow down what is most important to me artistically. As far as content and form, I am pursuing a clarity of vision like never before and engaging my truest senses as best I can. I have been simplifying my painting support formats using squares but so as not to be limited I am adding more and more square panels to the right or left to keep the story going. This also allows patrons to choose which size and shape works best for their homes. The diptychs, triptychs, etc can all be chosen as separate panels or joined together.

My goal is to have my artwork radiate the joy of life. Like Henri Matisse whose works eventually became pure color, pure shape and pure light.

I seek transcendence- filling my viewers with a sense of wonder and enlightenment every time they see my works. My clients tell me that my artworks breathe life and joy into their lives.

This is my mission, to help people to elevate their standard of living by adding value to their homes and businesses with beautiful, unique and vibrant works of quality original art.