Dear Collector/Art Lover/Beauty Seeker,
This is the painting process of any of my paintings.
My favorite subject to paint is the ocean and in order to capture its fluid transparent nature my painting medium is not a conventional one. Normally used as a final coat, resin (the medium that I paint with) presents itself in a 2 parts completely transparent formula liquids with a honey like level of viscosity that have to be thoroughly mixed together. To that I add the pigments and create my “paint”.
Each painting session is limited timewise due to the fact that the result of the chemical reaction between the 2 liquid parts is hardening, and once that process starts, I will no longer be able to handle and spread it as I desire. When I paint with resin I paint in layers. Just imagine a number of differently tinted glass sheets layered on top of each other. Only when I layer them, the glass sheets are liquid and will turn into a solid in 24 hours. Resin is exactly like that, and the fact that I paint in layers gives my paintings a tridimensional aspect with intricate details that add richness and depth to the oceans I paint, that can be viewed from an aerial perspective or as that of a shoreline viewpoint.
I start with a wood surface. Most of the time it is a cradled wood panel primed with premium, archival, acid-free gesso, high quality resin
and different types of pigments.
All paintings have 1 basecoat, 1 professional spray or acrylic paint coat and several separate high-quality layers of resin.
In order to tint the resin, I used Japanese dry mica pigments, inks, and professional resin dyes and pastes.
For every single layer of the painting I have to wait 24 hours to dry and harden before proceeding with the next step: sanding.
Every single layer is sanded with 4 different grits of sandpaper and air-pressure cleaned and sterilized with alcohol.
I do not use brushes or palette knives, my painting tools are a bit unconventional.
My brushes are my hands, blow torches, heat guns, spatulas, gravity, cold and warm air, fire.
The inspiration is always nature's force, balance, perfection in purpose and beauty, it can be a place I travelled or sailed to or just the breeze or a feeling while floating on our boat docked in a Turkish marina or just on anchor nearby a Greek taverna on a remote tiny island in the Mediterranean or Aegean Sea. It can be this artist as a little girl reading "The count of Monte Christo" trying to escape her cold tiny grey communist bedroom by daydreaming and travelling to exotic warm places with gold sand beaches and teal clear water oceans and seas.
Regardless the place or sensation that triggers me to paint, I always aim for same thing: I want YOU to feel warmth, solace, calm, inner peace.
I want YOU to feel the warm waters touching your feet and that turquoise-white perfect color ratio fill your hungry for beauty eyes and soul.
If you love the ocean and walks on a breezy beach, my art will bring you joy and take you closer to that salty sunny beach of your dreams.