|Aqua Chandelier, 8″ x 10″, colored pencil on Pastelbord|
“I have just tried scratchbord as well and I was surprised to discover so much potential in this medium too! Its rich, black surface offers artists an opportunity to create high-contrast, variously textured images that look striking and one-of-a kind even when the subject itself is quite ordinary.” ~Veronica Winters
Florida artist Veronica Winters has been actively teaching, writing and working as an artist since she came from Russia to the U.S. in 1997. After receiving her BFA from Oklahoma State and her MFA from Pennsylvania State, Veronica studied at the Art Students League of New York and at Grand Central Academy. She currently resides in Naples, Florida, spending time teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Collier Adult & Community Education Center.
|Promises, Oil on Gessobord, 2014|
|Venetian Boy, 10″ x 8″, oil on Gessobord|
Veronica grew up in Moscow with a strong art influence from the ballet, theatre and concerts, but it was when she came to the States that she began her own fine art career. She found colored pencil through one of her instructors and Ampersand panels through an artist peer and a match was made. “I really like the fact that I can combine lightfast colored pencils with archival Pastelbords to achieve the result I’m after-long lived artwork,” she explains. Veronica works in both colored pencil and oils, choosing the medium for her work based on the subject matter — for studies in light, she will use colored pencil. When a subject calls to her emotionally, Veronica works in oils. “Figures are symbolic of emotions and colors ‘talk’ about specific mood or atmosphere in painting. Masked figures blur the obvious connections people otherwise make with faces and thus anyone can find himself hidden behind the mask. Masks also bring mystery and the unknown into my work and I have infinite inspiration for that coming from Venice, Italy. Rich history of the place, its atmosphere, architecture, and abundant beauty supply visual elements for my paintings, including fabric patterns, costumes, and masks,” she says.
Veronica’s work is viewable online on her website, blog, and Facebook page. You can also get a feel for Veronica’s process through her YouTube channel. Veronica is represented by Gallery on Fifth in Naples, FL and by Saatchi online.
Currently, Veronica teaches one on one workshops at her studio in Naples. You can schedule a lesson through emailing her at her website, or look into her instruction books.
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