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Andrea RaftBiography: I first studied painting at the Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles. Under its auspices I traveled to Giglio, Italy to study and paint. It was there that I developed an interest in earthen hues, and textures, inspiring me to paint in overlapping layers, revealing an aged patina and history. Found objects, collage papers, metal leaf and photographs, are often found within my mixed media pieces. I have lived in Los Angeles, Freeport Bahamas, San Luis Obsipo, and most recently moved to the Coachella Valley. Each shift from urban to rural, east, west, ocean and desert along with travels to Asia have inspired my artist perceptions, further enabling me to paint and study and show my work in a host of disparate environments. My work reveals a preference for the abstract and canvas's often express a quiet, serene meditative quality. On canvas a blend of Nature's spirit and artist's prayer. I am currently a Board member of the Artist Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum, and member of the National Association of Women Artists, Women Painters West, Collage Artist's of America, and Women's Caucus for the Arts. Country: USA Birthyear: 1943 Galleries: McConnell Gallery San Luis Obispo Elliot Fouts Sacramento Brand Library, Glendale Viva Gallery, Sherman Oaks Galeria Gitano, San Fernando CA Palm Springs Art Museu Awards: California State Fair Awards of Excellence 2008, 2009 Various awards Women Painters West Exhibits Media: acrylic Style: abstract, Spiritual color fields Subjects: light and color, Nature Photography as Collage
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