Meraki (Greek)(n.) the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work.
I am a California artist who paints in studios in Los Angeles and San Diego.
My love of nature always inspires my artwork and my paintings are my way to preserve the rapidly disappearing beauty of the world around us. A deeper appreciation of the basis for that beauty – the earth itself, the air we breathe, the fire that can renew growth, and the water that sustains our life – brought about a new aspect to my art, and my style morphed into an exploration of the elements – earth, air, fire and water – with a current emphasis on the Earth element.
My art strives to express the inward significance of our true selves. The beautiful minerals that inspire my paintings are often hidden deep within a matrix of dull grey stone, and it isn’t until what’s inside is revealed that their true beauty shows.
Human beings are visual creatures, and it is in our nature to make judgments based on outward appearances. The Geomorphic Abstractions series is about the importance of digging deeper and seeing beyond the superficial. The matrix of stone on the outside of a geode may be drab and uninteresting, just a rock that looks like thousands of others around it, but when the treasure inside is exposed and polished, the dazzling results are breathtaking and priceless. The dull exterior of a geode rock had become a metaphor for my life and art. By breaking free and escaping the matrix, my true colors and artistry are able to shine.
I let my intuition and love of brilliant colors take each painting into fantastic new directions until a mystical new universe is created to explore.
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Laguna Art-A-Fair 2021
Tiny brushes tease out intricate details in every Geomorphic Abstraction painting. This oil painting was inspired by iridescent goethite and is enhanced with pure gold leaf and color-shift pigments.
My paintings are inspired by the natural minerals and rough gemstones I have collected my whole life. The intricate details of these stones create beautiful worlds of their own to behold and the resulting painting takes on an other-worldly aspect, no longer a specific stone, but a fantastic venue of color and sparkle for the eyes to explore.
My work is not poured. I start with applying layers of color in oils, pastels, and sometimes acrylics or encaustic hot wax. The painting is developed layer by layer, using a combination of meticulous brushstrokes and deliberate mark-making. There are big, juicy swaths of color and intricate veins cutting through, forming interesting pathways. The layers are interspersed with metal leaf, metallic, and iridescent pigments.
My art has won awards both internationally and in the United States, has shown from central to southern California, Arizona, and Colorado, as well as in several movie productions. My collectors span the globe, including England, Scotland, Cyprus, and throughout America. My professional memberships include the Los Angeles Art Association, the Pasadena Society of Artists, Artlita Artist Collective, and Laguna Art-A-Fair. My work was recently showing in the Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA, and other past gallery showings include ACCA Gallery in Beverly Hills, Ca, the Denver Fine Mineral Show, Cambria Center for the Arts in Cambria, CA, Creative Arts Group’s Jameson Gallery in Sierra Madre, CA, and Adore Art Gallery in Carlsbad, CA. Look for me in Summer 2022 at the Laguna Beach Summer Art Festivals as an exhibitor with Laguna Art-A-Fair in booth B11.
OUR HAPPY CLIENTS
I have always been captivated by nature’s beautiful art found in stone and other geological formations. I chose all the stone slabs used in my kitchen cabinets and backsplashes. When I saw Brenda Salamone’s artwork I knew that I HAD to have one in my home. She totally captures the essence and beauty of nature’s random, freestyle of art with a little sprinkle of her own magic to it! I commissioned her to do a large piece for my music room. I gave her free rein to do whatever she was inspired to do after supplying tons of photos of the room. When I received the piece, my breath was taken away by her creation! Now it is the focal point of the room in spite of the many beautiful, bright colored instruments scattered around the room.
by Wayne L., Woodstock, CT
We first purchased one of Brenda's stunning Geomorphic Abstractions years ago. This eventually let to four others gracing walls in several rooms and we are amazed at how satisfying they continue to be. They possess beauty, brilliance, and intricacy, and these qualities continuously enrich our lives.
by Mark and Elaine R., San Diego, CA
Thank you for executing my vision! To commission an idea from across the country and have it arrive on schedule, securely packaged, it was such a thrill. Original art - Professional service... Pure Joy!
by Tracy S., Arden, NC
A very talented artist and dear friend, I am truly fortunate to have two beautiful pieces of Brenda’s art displayed in my home. Her artwork is indeed a look into a beautiful, creative mind!
by Sharon R., Pennsylvania
When a painting communicates the clarity of the air and the dryness of a desert punctuated by the colors of life, it feels like you are there. Brenda’s paintings are like that. There is a feeling about them, not just a visual sensation.
by Regina G., McMinnville, TN
Brenda's geomorphic and floral inspired art brings the solace and magic of our natural world into my abode.
After seeing several of Brenda’s amazing pastels, watercolors, and oils, I commissioned her to create something special for my cousin’s 30th birthday. I wanted something that wasn’t a replica, something that was one-of-a-kind, and that could capture the whimsical nature of our relationship. Brenda delivered. She was able to create something truly magical for me in about a month - which was well before I needed the project to be done. Not only was she efficient, she was also a joy to deal with. I gave her some samples of what I had in mind and told her to take creative liberty with the piece. What she created was better than I could have imagined.
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