Wow.  Meet Zaria Forman, my inspiration for today’s post.  To me, Forman’s paintings deliver something that is missing from today’s ethosphere.  It’s time to rediscover our hands as instruments, slow down & disconnect.  When was the last time you saw a contemporary artist working with pastels?

Her technique is so reminiscent of my grandmother Katherine Snyder, who dedicated her life to working with pastels.  I can still smell the studio & see it’s collected colorful mess.  As is evident in Zaria’s studio below, the space between artist & the canvas tells the story.

Courtesy of Alaska-Alaskaa
Courtesy of Alaska-Alaskaa

Two of Foman’s recent series,”Chasing the Light” and “The Maldives” bring awareness to Earth’s rapidly changing landscapes from opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Image Courtesy of Paranoias.org

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To see more of Zaria’s refreshing work, please visit her website, ZariaForman.com.