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Elena Quintana

acrylic paint, resin
20″ x 20″


Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan
Cartoonist & Comics Artist

Artist Statement
“I am 19 and as a quiet person, art has always been my way to express myself confidently. I’ve always loved drawing and I started painting my junior year of high school when I had room in my schedule for art classes. In middle school a counselor came to my class and said that our career should be what makes us happiest.

I took this advice and made my career a volunteer full-time Bible teacher. (I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.) This has been one of the best decisions of my life. I support myself financially with housecleaning. I love art because with my busy schedule it allows me to have time for myself and let go of any stress.

This painting was inspired by my trip with my cousin to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I love experiencing and watching others experience the wonder that comes from looking at the beauty in nature. I especially love the way that light looks underwater. I was trying to capture that in this painting.

I took some time off after I graduated just to enjoy the freedom and I used this time to make this piece. It is painted on MDF board. I primed it, and painted the background and face. I covered it in resin and painted on top with acrylics and different textures and pastes to show the jellyfish, sea kelp, and light reflections.”

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Video Transcript

“I’m really struck by the strong sense of light in this painting. The jellyfish in the foreground are so luminous and I think that effect is so hard to pull off in acrylic paint especially, so I applaud you for the dynamic value range you’ve managed to achieve here.

That said, I’d love to see you use that strong value range more in service of creating clarity for your viewer, especially in terms of the way everything falls into space, delineating between the foreground, the middle ground, and the background.

Another thing that would really help along these lines is your use of color. You very wisely chose the strong complementary color palette of orange and blue. I think if you push that even further creating this kind of depth.

As a whole, I love the energy in this piece, whether it’s the motion in the composition, or all of the different textures you’ve created in order to describe different surfaces.”

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