DEANNA CHILIAN

I believe that making art requires a certain degree of risk, trust, and the courage to surrender, as does any relationship worth having. A chef friend of mine once observed there’s a difference between slicing garlic neatly which allows for the juice to be retained by the bulb, and smashing garlic which sends the juice out into the world to be tasted.  As an artist I would say I strive to be a smasher as my response to the surface is organic, emotional, and visceral in nature. I am guided by the power and vastness of the landscape in the Western US, the intricacies of organic shapes and forms intrigue me, and I enjoy allowing sound and vibration to move me as I meet the canvas or panel to communicate my response as a spirit having a human experience.  

My approach is contemplative and begins with a connection with the surface, then allowing the conversation to begin without a preconceived outcome. The relationships between color, texture and line are key elements of expression, and layering and removal play a role as I work through and resolve problems. Sometimes the result is soothing and dreamlike with a sense of being between the worlds, sometimes it is dynamic and fragmented creating a tension that demands attention. 

What feels most important to me is that my work is an authentic response to a subject or concern. Ultimately I paint to translate what feels personal or even transpersonal into a visual language. Viewers will often share that they feel happy and uplifted as they consider my art, or that they feel invited to walk around inside the painting. In a world that can feel relentless, overwhelming, or unjust, perhaps creating a common point of respite and connection is my contribution to mounting a quiet revolution of joy.

I hope you enjoy your virtual studio visit, and thank you for stopping by.  Please note that the artwork is for sale unless otherwise marked, that I do have other work available, and I’m happy to discuss commission of a painting specially created for you.

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