Artist V Rae

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Whether sailing Alaska coastal waters or snorkeling Hawaiian shores, V Rae chronicles natural life through bold portraits that leap from the canvas to your heart.  Defying convention in a startling fusion of color and negative space, V paints Freestyle Expressions that transport each personal encounter through time and space, sharing with the world her seamless blend of art, nature and individual personality.
Like Humpback whales, V migrates between Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii each year painting from platforms frequented by her subjects.  V is Artist In Residence at the Alaska Zoo and Alaska SeaLife Center marine research and sanctuary.  A growing body of V Rae Freestyle Expressions are featured in zoos, aquariums, national parks and galleries across the Continental United States.Each year a portion of V's work is dedicated to wildlife preservation efforts that protect and sustain the natural tension between subsistence and conservation unique to Alaska and Hawaii, as well as non-profit humanitarian outreach.GREETINGThank you for visiting my website. People frequently ask how I arrive at the style and color in my paintings.  The short answer is I paint what I see.  Why I see what I see is a more complicated question, but I don't spend much time on that side of my brain.  In a sense, my mind operates like a thermal imaging camera.  I see the spirit of living things reflected in color and find watercolor the most accurate medium to capture my Freestyle Expressions.  But hang on, the application is somewhat unconventional.I generally paint on canvas with hand-sculpt paper overlay or Yupo (a synthetic fine art paper).  The hand sculpted paper surface on canvas provides a textured base that adds dimension and body to the watercolor application, enhancing the three dimension illusion of two dimensional paintings.  Another illusory emphasis in my work is the use of [...]

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