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Artist Statement

If there were a special camera or glasses to see people and things—not just their physical attributes, but also their experiences, their troubles, their sicknesses, their connectedness or lack of to everything around them—I think they would look very similar to my paintings. I do not draw what people look like; I draw maps of their experiences, feelings, energy, and relationships among their physical, emotional and energetic environments.

The Process

The work typically has two levels. From a distance, you see large images of faces, landscapes, buildings, etc., but on closer examination, you see that each one is a composite of smaller images. I often create one abstract, surreal world inside another. The piece becomes multi-dimensional and can be experienced in many different ways, depending on how you look at it.

As a Visionary Artist, I use emotion and intuition to guide me. I do not work in the traditional process of sketching and planning. After that first line, shape, or color makes it way to the canvas, I get lost in non-thought. It is my time to meditate. And when my time with the canvas is complete, I have a creation that in some way represents my dreams and life experience. Sometimes I do not understand the painting myself for a while, but when I live with it for a time, it reveals itself to me.

Cristine Cambrea hard at work creating artworks
Cristine Cambrea hard at work, creates her intricate, surreal visionary mixed media art