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Featured Artist: Adriana Meiss

Mud Creek, 7″ x 5″

“My pastel paintings are personal recordings of places that have left a strong impression on me, that is why I want my work to reflect that special light or mood of the scene that attracted me to it in the first place.   I am not looking for a perfect rendition of the landscape or objects, instead, I strive to convey a feeling and a sense of place.” ~Adriana Meiss

Adriana Meiss found art early in life, drawing the architecture of houses and fashionable dresses she liked. It was in high school where she discovered her talent for drawing when she started winning competitions. However, college and beyond brought out her “practical” side and Adriana found science to be more suitable, but she kept coming back to art. While she was waiting on approval for graduate school, she had one of the best years of her life creating a portfolio of art, in all sorts of media — watercolor, oils and pastels. After family and other jobs, it was much later, in 2001, when Adriana found art creeping in again, and it was here to stay.  

Rural Twilight, 11″ x 14″

Aflame, 5″ x 7″

Adriana attended a local guild exhibit and found herself drawn to the pastel works, all by different artists. It was the brilliance of the color that drew her in and she began to research pastels before setting into working with the medium.  Even though she has tried other mediums since, she has found that pastels not only work with her quick painting style, but also easily create the atmosphere for which she is known.

Pastelbord™ makes sense for Adriana’s style for numerous reasons, and it is her preference for paint-out sessions.  Because she doesn’t need to use additional support or apply her own ground with the Pastelbord, it works well for travel, plein air and is easy to frame. One of Adriana’s initial draws to Pastelbord was how the board could be washed off if a painting wasn’t acceptable. The board doesn’t warp either while rinsing or with a wet painting style, which makes it durable long term. “Being able to reuse a support is not only practical,” she says, “but also convenient because of the ready made texture and support structure.” And, with the museum quality Archival-seal™ barrier technology from Ampersand, Pastelbord will be around for a long time to come.

To see more of Adriana’s work and learn her process, visit her blog or her website.

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