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.”
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.
Most of my artwork relates to oceans and skies. Growing up near the shore in Bombay, I was fascinated by the colorful sunsets, the monsoon clouds, and sounds of the waves at night, when the city noise died away.
The beauty in these waves, clouds and colorful sunsets is their dynamic, transient nature – the scenery is ever changing from one moment to the next. No two instances are identical, and the interactions between the moving clouds, the sun’s shifting colors, and the sea create mesmerizing combinations every second. I try to commit these passing moments to the canvas – the colors, the forms, shadows and flickers of light. I like to capture these memories in both realistic and semi-abstract style, giving a bit of personal interpretation.
Anil was born in Mumbai, India and was an engineer during his career, working mostly with visual technologies in graphics, video and imaging. During his later years, he started practicing painting, back to his childhood hobby.
Anil has always loved to be by the water and enjoys sailing when he can. Growing up near the shore in Mumbai, he was fascinated by the colorful sunsets, the monsoon clouds, and turbulent seas. He enjoys capturing the beauty of the waves, clouds and sunsets in their dynamic yet transient nature. In his work, he commits these passing moments to the canvas – the colors, the forms, shadows and flickers of light – using richness of oil paints. His style ranges from realistic to semi-abstract, giving a bit of personal interpretation to these memories.