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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Teresa Oaxaca is an American-born artist based currently in Washington D.C. She is a full-time painter whose works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the US and internationally. Her talent has been recognized by museums and institutions such as the American Museum of the Cowboy, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Art Renewal Center, Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, Posey Foundation, and Portrait Society of America.
Her training includes a four-year diploma at the Angel Academy of Art (Florence Italy, Graduate studies at the Florence Academy, an Apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, and studies at the Art League of Alexandria, Virginia, where she trained with Robert Liberace, Paul Lucchesi, and took many other courses. Currently, she teaches workshops around the country.
In addition to her studio work, she takes a variety of portrait commissions including Family Portraiture, Professional/Business, Custom, and Informal arrangements. She exhibits widely and sells her work on a regular basis.
Within Washington D.C. she has participated with local groups such as The Esperanza Education Fund and the National Education Association. In 2014 she became a member of the Young Partners Circle of The National Museum of Women In The Arts. She is also a member of both the California Arts Club and the Arts Club of Washington.
Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series has taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions which combine human and still life elements. In addition to this, I now take on portrait commissions and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.
My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this, I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to me, they occupy a space my mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement I see and have the idea. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason, I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand.
My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas. I am conscious of the traditional craftsmanship I have attained in Florence. While my interest in new pigments and tools may cause minor alterations in my materials, these really remain fundamentally the same. All my evolution is taking place on the canvas and in my head; in what I see in nature and interpret in two dimensions on the picture plane. I have the fundamentals of design to work with when planning a painting. I make preparatory studies. I use multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form. When this illusion is convincing and to my taste, the painting is done.
TERESA OAXACA PALETTE
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