Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

I'm a painter living and working in the beautiful finger-lakes region of Western New York State. I am also an avid gardener and nature lover, so the lush green rolling hills, gentle streams, and majestic lakes that surround my home in this world often appear in the fantasy worlds of my paintings.

Many of the pieces draw inspiration from folk tales, myths and legends. These "teaching tales" were what drew us together around our hearth-fires for centuries, and I believe those stories still carry power.

I enjoy looking at these ancient tales, through my eyes, and painting what I see, no matter if it's beautiful or disturbing. But what's more fun is when others can see those same paintings and find something within of value that speaks to their soul directly. I do not plan for this, but am honored when it happens, and, oh, yes, do love hearing about it every time that it happens. It reminds me that maybe we are not so different after all.

Glad to meet you, and please enjoy the paintings!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Artists to Watch: Tracy Nakayama

Above: "Farm," by Tracy Nakayama

Figurative art holds a special place for me, and figurative art of beautiful women doing beautiful things is beautiful above all others. If God created anything more beautiful... but that's another conversation.

Titian said, "It is not bright colors but good drawing that makes figures beautiful," and Tracy Nakayama brings that point home with her carefully painted figures. They allow the viewer a voyeur's window into a world of  casual eroticism often enjoyed only by those blessed with sex-positive lifestyles. Ms. Nakayama's attention to detail creates enough realism to allow the viewer to truly savor the scene, while the loose brushwork allows a dreamy, relaxed casualness that allows natural figures to look natural, but withholds judgement.

If erotic art, or nude figurative art, is of interest to you, I would recommend taking the time to look through Tracy Nakayama's pieces. This brings you to the Google Search page.

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