Featured Artist Paula Ogier

Digital artist Paula Ogier’s bold, bright interpretations of Boston’s urban scenes are charged with life and emotion. View more of her artwork by visiting her website.

 

“Tremont Street” Digital Mixed Media, 16” x 20” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Tremont Street” Digital Mixed Media, 16” x 20”

 

My artistic aspiration is to highlight and transform elements of the city, such as architecture and street life, via my own admittedly romanticized views of them.

 

“Back Bay Bossa Nova” Digital Painting, 18” x 24” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Back Bay Bossa Nova” Digital Painting, 18” x 24”

 

I am working toward growing my portfolio of city imagery, which is mainly set in Boston where I live. Toward that goal, I experiment with ways to visually express my admiration for urban settings I find lively or endearing.

 

 “Boylston Street” Digital Mixed Media, 16” x 20” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Boylston Street” Digital Mixed Media, 16” x 20”

 

Digitally painting my own photographs and mixed media collages, I work evocatively with color to express an emotional connection to places and scenes.

 

“Longfellow” Digital Mixed Media Collage, 16” x 20” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Longfellow” Digital Mixed Media Collage, 16” x 20”

 

I have begun to merge digital painting with more tactile techniques, incorporating my carved stamped row house images into collaged scenes. I also plan to continue experimenting with layering my hand drawn abstract designs onto the sides of buildings.

 

Artist Paula Ogier in studio by Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Paula Ogier in studio

 

I’m currently working on three different digital paintings that are placed in Boston. One showcases the bright, voluptuous pink and white magnolia tree blossoms that inhabit the downtown neighborhoods of Boston in the springtime. Another incorporates a 1960’s-inspired psychedelic motif within an 1850’s Victorian row house street scene. The third focuses on an intriguingly curved building in Chinatown.

 

 “Escape” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Escape” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24”

 

Rarely do I ever work on just one piece at a time. I’m also putting together a coloring book of Boston’s South End neighborhood. It has required me to rethink how I translate my ideas to the page, because black and white line art is a very different process from my usual way of working.

 

“Moon Over Cathedral” Digital Mixed Media Collage, 16” x 20” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Moon Over Cathedral” Digital Mixed Media Collage, 16” x 20”

 

Sometimes I feel as though I’m getting color therapy treatment when I’m working on a piece! The imagery is of course very important to me, but the color is what drives me and expresses the very heart of the piece. It sets the mood, lifting the scene out of the ordinary.

 

“Paramount” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Paramount” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24”

 

I’m eternally photographing things that capture my attention. It’s one of the reasons I like moving through the city on foot. Architectural details and the juxtaposition of styles from different centuries are very exciting to me. I stockpile these images and periodically go through them for inspiration.

 

“The Old Clock” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Old Clock” Digital Mixed Media, 18” x 24”

 

The process of getting the color just right in print is always interesting and sometimes a challenge. I work closely with a printer to get the right effect. Seeing the work go from a digital file to a beautiful giclée print on paper is fun and motivating.

 

“South End Samba” Digital Painting, 16.5” x 22” by artist Paula Ogier. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“South End Samba” Digital Painting, 16.5” x 22”

 

An element of surprise often inspires my work. A tiger peeking out the window of an old brownstone building, for example, or a sky made up of blue cobblestones. These unexpected elements are usually unplanned, but once they appear I can’t resist surprising the viewer, too. In part, this spontaneity reflects my notion of the city as a place where surprise and wonder are always just around the next corner.

 

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  1. Absolutely wonderful work from a great artist!

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