Anahid Minatsaghanian is passionate about painting and nature, apparent in her vivid and energetic contemporary abstract artwork. See more of her portfolio by visiting her website.
Born into a family of art enthusiasts, I started taking traditional oil painting lessons at a young age. When I started to paint at a very early age, my father was my first teacher. He taught me how to hold the brush and how to make a painting with brushstrokes.
In college, I studied advertising art and worked with several design companies. Nevertheless, my love for oil painting stayed strong.
In recent years, I began to transform my painting style, combining my love of nature and its vibrant colors with a more contemporary, abstract approach.
The freedom and depth that came with experimenting with different colors, textures, and their effects, created a renewed energy and passion in my mind, which is shown in my work today. I am currently living with my husband, daughter and son in Southern California.
Beginning with a more traditional style and transitioning to a contemporary style, my work represents experiment of emotions, spirit and harmony through nature. The message I am trying to send to the viewers is to appreciate the nature that was given to us to enjoy and heal our souls.
My work reflects my passion about nature and colors, without following any rules. I usually don’t have a plan in advance, although I do make colors the main focus of each painting. I just let my imagination control the colors and the brushwork as they start their journey on the canvas.
At some point everything comes together. Each completed piece portrays the energy, lightness and freedom within it. Painting is a form of self expression; it’s a method of representing my thoughts.
My landscape paintings are interpretations of what I see, although every viewer will see their own version of my paintings.
I am hoping they would experience the same feeling as I did – harmony, kindness and good energy. Isn’t that what life is all about?
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