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Dancing Light Painting

Cat Tesla

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 78 W x 44 H x 1.5 D in

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ABOUT THE WORK: “The greatest cathedral of all is nature itself. “ ~Rodney Cobb My new series is called “Exhale”. This series is nature-based abstraction. I paint how nature feels to be in it, in a loose, abstract way. I combine layers of color, light, mist, and beauty. Nature heals us. There’s a cognitive advantage to being in nature. Studies show that after a 3 day camping trip your problem solving skills will improve 50%. Nature is a force, an energy, a cosmic collision of color. I combine washes and thin veils of paint and layer them against strong, energetic, and focused brushstrokes to create a push and pull that allows the viewer to wander through the painting. I strive to have both strength and softness [the exhale] in the work. Nature is resilient and ever evolving. No matter what time or day of the year, when I go into nature, I always exhale. This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting on 1.5" thick gallery wrapped canvas done in oil, acrylic, graphite, and oil stick. The painting is varnished with a satin varnish to protect from dirt and light. The edges of the canvas are light grey, and the painting is wired and ready to hang. This painting is framed in a brushed silver floater frame. Signed by the artist on front and back. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Cat Tesla is a contemporary abstract artist currently living and working in North Port, FL. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Cat called Atlanta home for many years where she served on faculty for 20 years at Emory University in the Department of Human Genetics (she recently moved to sunny Florida). Defying popular stereotypes of right-brained and left-brained people, Cat has worked as both an artist and a scientist. With degrees in biology, human genetics and graphic design, Tesla eventually traded genetics clinic for art studio. Over the past 27 years, Cat Tesla has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:78 W x 44 H x 1.5 D in

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In the mornings, the sky calls to me. I stumble outside to breathe in the day. Cerulean blue and a thousand shades of green greet me as I walk from the house to my studio here in Florida. Geckos dart, birds call, rabbits scurry. I collect sticks, leaves, and petals on the way. These sounds, sights and textures are my beginning. Painting connects me to a time in my youth of endless playing. The excitement of a new day. As I stand before the canvas, my daily questions are the same: what does this painting want to feel like? What could be? I’m an explorer on the canvas. I love building layers using painting and drawing, scraping back, then adding more, and pouring glossy translucent glazes over the surface. My artwork provides the viewer with a bold graphic element from a distance, but up close they’re rewarded with rich organic details and texture. I use my whole self, mind and body, to create my work. Reaching high and stretching across. I combine the strong and the soft, the smooth and the rough, the thick and the thin. Things we’re all made of. Since the COVID 19 Pandemic I find myself drawn to painting more and more abstractly, with small hints of nature peeking through. Painting is a deep dive act that happens within oneself, with a goal of pulling out something beautiful for the world to connect with. This has become even more important to me since an early diagnosed breast cancer was resolved, leaving me grateful and even more focused and motivated. Everyone has gifts from the Creator. I believe it is the duty of each to share our gifts with the planet. My paintings are a brave look inward – revealing what lies beneath both literally and spiritually. Yogis call it the “divine flame” – the spark that motivates you in life. In Buddha’s words, “Look within, thou art the Buddha”, while Jesus taught us that “The kingdom of heaven is within you”. For me, painting is the most life affirming thing to do. I'm excited to share I was featured in the January-February 2024 issue of Luxe Magazine! Check it out here:

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