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Charlene Sawe

Statement

Painting allows me the freedom that I have seldom experienced outside of dance. Often, I translate my memories of various dance movements into the rhythm of the brushstrokes while listening to music. I also bring the elements of Feng Shui: natural forms and colors, placed in visually pleasing and impactful ways to create pieces that communicate a fleeting mood.

Certain forms and colors do recur in my work, perhaps from the sky and the sea. When you view my art, I hope you will experience feelings of freedom and peace that resemble my own feelings as I paint.

As Edward Hopper once said, “If I could put it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

Bio

Charlene’s love for fine arts evolved from early years practicing ballet and later on as a teacher of interior design. As a Home Economics teacher, she developed a natural affinity for color, form and placement.  She taught Feng Shui for many years, focusing on elements in nature and bringing balance into the home for everyday life.

She first pursued painting after teaching courses in creativity development based on Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way – leading her to explore her own creativity. She brings the elements of Feng Shui: natural forms and colors, placed in visually pleasing and impactful ways to create pieces that communicate a fleeting mood – often observed in nature, in skies, water and trees.

She loves to paint abstracts in acrylic as a way to capture her inner emotions and translate them with bold brushstrokes on the canvas, often creating dynamic movements driven by her memories of ballet.