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Go Green No. 14 Painting

Cat Tesla

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 74 W x 38 H x 1.5 D in

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ABOUT THE WORK: In 2022 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When you have cancer, you look outside a lot. It’s like you’re in a cancer bubble and everybody else is out there. (And believe me, you want to get back out there.) At our house there are a lot of trees. So I was looking out at the trees. And they were looking back at me. One waved. I waved back.They reminded me of us. One tree off by itself, or another leaning in to the one next to it. Then I noticed the lines. Lines crossing lines crossing lines. And shadows. And lightness. And a thousand shades of green. After recovering from breast cancer I saw the trees in my mind. And when I thought of the trees, colors came, smudges, lines, areas of overlap. Big shapes, small shapes. It all came out. And a new series was born. 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 32 years where she served on faculty 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:74 W x 38 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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