Enjoy the beautiful and expressive portraits of artist Ezshwan Winding. More of this talented artist’s work can be seen on her website.
My paintings come from emotion and passion, but must have a story. I ask myself, “Does this painting have a reason for being?” If the answer is “yes,” I open my senses to the experience and emotionally consent to a poetic and thrilling adventure.
I have been a working artist for sixty years. I have worked in almost every medium including welded steel sculpture, wood, stone and clay – but painting is my passion. The colors and textures attract me like a bee to a flower.
When I was a girl of about ten, I drew sketches of my classmates instead of doing my school assignments. Although the teacher encouraged my art, she insisted that I could not move on to 6th grade unless I caught up with my math workbook. I did that, begrudgingly.
I continued my art, winning contests in my small high school. I knew that when I moved on, I would be challenged with the real art world. Before going to university to major in painting, I spent a summer at the American Art Academy in Chicago, brushing up my skills and the study of color.
When I finished school, I worked in the art department for two publishing companies and owned two art galleries. Even when I didn’t have a studio at home, I set up in the kitchen, working until it was time to make dinner; then I would remove the easel and paints and feed my three daughters. To this day, when my middle daughter smells turpentine, she says, “It smells like home.”
I went on to exhibit my work internationally and have collectors in Europe, the United States, Mexico and South America. My work is in museum and university collections.
I started my artistic journey as a figurative painter although I spent many years working abstractly, especially in the encaustic technique. With its ceramic-like surfaces; the hot wax, tree resin and pigment lends itself beautifully to the abstract. When I finally figured out how to paint figures in encaustic, using a gas torch to fuse each layer of paint, I added figures and faces to my portfolio. I have since added oil to the encaustic and stretched what can be done incorporating both mediums.
I have been teaching advanced encaustic techniques for the last ten years and it has been a privilege to introduce this medium to many other artists and non-artists.
I love painting faces and figures. I still draw from life as often as possible. Many years ago I studied personalogy, the art of face reading. Our faces tell the world who we are and how we see life. This study adds to my fascination of painting faces.
I moved away from carefully rendered portraiture to working more loosely. I want the paint and brush strokes to be evident and give the impression of the face. I often use fantasy colors in the faces, abstracting the surfaces.
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