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Artist Pratima Rao


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Biography


Artist Statement
 
I love being outdoors in the midst of nature which inspires me and provides endless opportunities to paint. The effect of light on the landscape is fascinating and trying to convey these effects through color and value is a challenge and very exciting to me. I want the viewer to feel like they can walk into the land or sea scape and be transported to that moment when I painted and be moved by it. My work is loose and impressionistic because I believe that a painterly approach leaves something to the viewers imagination and keeps them intrigued and interested. I want the viewer to be drawn in by a strong design created using interesting abstract patterns of light and shadow, at the same time be moved by its simplicity and beauty of brushstroke, texture and color. Working outdoors on small canvases in oils, I am able to complete my paintings in a few hours before light conditions change, which I then use to finish larger works in the studio. 
 
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Pratima Rao is a national award-winning artist from Holmdel, New Jersey. She has been juried several times into national plein air events such as Paint Annapolis and Wayne Plein Air Festival and most recently, in 2018, into one of the most prestigious plein air events in the country: Plein Air Easton! She is very involved with plein air painting both in the US and abroad. In 2016 she was chosen for a month long residency program in Southern Italy.

Pratima’s oil paintings are representational land and seascapes, light-filled and color harmonious, capturing the atmosphere and feel of the place with her unmistakable style. In her work she seeks to capture the effect of light on the landscape. While she is primarily a Plein Air artist creating most of her work [...]

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