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Maureen Sylak

The subjects of my paintings tend to be grounded in who and what I love about life. Whether I am painting a landscape or a portrait, I don’t feel I have to necessarily replicate the image, because I see with more than my eyes. Even now, as I strain to see through my narrowing tunnel vision and fading light, I can reconcile realism with my imagination and my heart. This inner vision allows painting and drawing to become a soulful expedition. I can sculpt with thick color or create translucent, atmospheric impressions. For me, this is what painting, or any art, is. As I create, I see with more than my eyes, because I believe that it is more important to convey a spiritual presence. This spiritual presence acknowledges and celebrates the subject. This, to me, is what it is to celebrate life and to be fully alive.

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