susan livada About
The themes of my impressionistic oil paintings reflect what is most important in my life: family, nurture, and home. These themes are expressed thru subjects of fruit, farms, tablescapes, lighthouses, animals, and, most recently, children at play and weddings.
Color, brushmarks, looseness, and composition are all important factors in my work. I love to see the subtle variations of color that are in real life, and then exaggerate and be playful with them. I strive for a "painterly" result, allowing the viewer to almost see the process: the brush strokes, the juiciness of the paint, and sometimes the canvas (after all, I'm creating a painting, not a photograph!)
I love to paint on a canvas that is already full of color. First I create an underpainting, layering colors almost randomly. Often these colors inspire me in unexpected ways, allowing me to be more playful and loose. If you look closely you can sometimes see bits of the underpainting showing through a finished piece.
From 1995 to 2005 I had many one-woman shows in various New England venues. Now, after taking a four-year hiatus from painting, I am very happy to be back in my studio, painting. I accept commissions as well as sell already completed works. Examples of my paintings and a list of past shows can be seen on my website: www.slivada-art.com
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