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Anthe Capitan-Valais

Mixed Media





 Artist County

The arts are my passion... Creating work is much like breathing, I simply do it because I must. Nothing in life is exactly what it appears to be and art in my estimation should reflect the same as life, the unexpected. I have always been an artist of some sort. When I was a child I would take the cardboard pieces out of my dad's laundered shirts to paint and draw upon. I couldn't wait for the next delivery of clean shirts as it would be loaded with many a blank canvas for me to make my creations. I use to get paint by number kits and I was never one to stay in the lines so with those paints, my imagination and the cardboard from my Dad's shirts... I would paint. Time passed and as a young adult I was a dancer which was fun and an exciting way of expressing myself. However, I was hit by a drunk driver and that put an end to my dancing career but not to the passion of what I felt when dancing, which remained within. Now through my love of art and creating artworks, I am able to once again express the movements I remember so vividly. Whether from live performances, classes, or from memory, the image of movement is incorporated into the work. The paintings I create are inspired by drawings that I have done by monitoring classes or attending performances where I draw, observing while in the audience. Utilizing my skills as a print maker I incorporate; monotypes, backgrounds painted on panels, or other substrates for my images of movement to be drawn upon. Once the drawings are completed from live movement whether, music, dance or other, I take them to my studio adding; colored pencil, paint, pen and ink, etc. creating mixed media works.