Painter Kristin Texeira gives us a closer look at her inspiration and drafting behind “light on the cliffs of moher - magic.” A special limited edition of 10 prints of her work was commissioned by the Affordable Art Fair, and sold during the fall 2016 fair.
“Visiting my grandparents as a kid, I would flip through a big book titled “Ireland” that my grandfather kept on the coffee table to pass the time. My favorite image was a two-page spread of the Cliffs of Moher. I would daydream, trying to get inside of the photo and imagine myself peering over the edge of the cliffs. I made it to Florence for a study abroad program and was determined to get to the cliffs.”
“The thought of actually living out this moment seemed impossible at age ten. But, I made it to Florence when I turned eighteen. I took a plane to Dublin and a bus across the country to the cliffs. I only had a 45 minute window to take it all in because I had to catch the same bus back—but it was worth it. It was one of the first experiences that made me realize anything is possible.”
“I usually have to get into a meditative state and actually time travel back to the place I am painting about. I have a blank piece of paper on the desk and a pencil in hand, and I let my memory walk me through streets and halls and recount objects or people I see along the way. My hand makes marks while my mind wanders and that creates the shape of the memory. Then I go back in and make notes about colors of objects and spaces—some are representational colors and some are emotional colors. I did a bunch of little studies, which were so fun to do because I had a composition set and I could just play with color. ”