Join me for my first ZOOM workshop on May 30th from 10 am - 4 pm MST to learn how to make ethereal, highly textured abstract paintings using unorthodox tools & techniques.
For me, there is no better way to homage to the sacred land we tread upon than to infuse the environment into my work namely: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from The Great Salt Lake, plaster, repurposed paint, and local newspapers.
I am inspired by nature's pairings of texture, color combinations, and the way it uses water to cut, carve, blend, build, feed and destroy.
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Tonight's Gallery Stroll at 15th Street Gallery was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Nevertheless, the show is up and it's beautiful!
SAMANTHA DASILVA FINE ART PRESENTS
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A new collection of contemporary abstract paintings with a sophisticated touch of antique gold, mica & pewter. The paintings in this series were made using: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from The Great Salt Lake, metallic powders, plaster, repurposed paint, and local newspapers.
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My latest large scale commissioned painting is complete! This 6ft x 8ft beauty is on route to Victory Ranch, Kamas to adorn the walls of a stunning new home. I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of this amazing project & to add my artistic voice to the legacy of Utah artists I've come to love & admire.
What a fabulous way to wrap up the year: a group show with my mom! Here we are during the opening night of the annual Honouring Utah Artists Exhibition at Alpine Art & Frame. She stands next to her "Madonna" and my abstract "Heart Space". Indeed she does.
For more about my mom's work & how much she's influenced me, read this blog post.
My mom is a seriously talented artist. For as long as I can recall, she has encouraged me to indulge my creative disposition. I recognize that I owe so much of who I am and what I've accomplished to her encouragement & support. My dad also deserves to be credited here - for different reasons, but I'll honor him in a different post.
It's been a dream of mine for quite some time to participate in an art show with my mom. Finally the opportunity has arrived! Join us on Friday, December 7th from 6 - 9 pm at Alpine Art & Frame for their Annual Honoring Utah Artists Exhibition. Our paintings are wildly different, but hanging my work next to my mom's is an honor, a privilege, and quite literally a dream come true for me.
Check out my mom's work here: https://giseledasilvafineart.weebly.com/
Having the privilege to do what I love everyday fells like I won some kind of cosmic lottery. I feel a massive sense of responsibility to live my best life, and to do right by my opportunities. Why? Because wasting my time would be a super tragedy. As a daughter of Brazilian immigrants, I still remember vividly how much my parents sacrificed in order to give us (their kids) a better future. How could I take that for granted? Living here and now is a huge privilege, so I bust my ass everyday in order to make sure I aim to inspire before I expire.
I created a habit a few years ago to take inventory of the past year in order to better understand my choices, and help me navigate the upcoming year. I do this by making 4 comprehensive lists: 1. Professional Accomplishments, 2. Personal Accomplishments, 3. Professional Projections (aka Goals), 4. Personal Projections (aka Goals). This year, I'm starting early!
So here's to my mom & dad, and to all of us who are doing our best to create a better world today:
#1 Studio Grand Opening
Join me & my incredible studio mates on Thursday, December 5 from 3 - 9 PM for our Workshop SLC Holiday Open House. I look forward to seeing you there!
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.