Spring has finally sprung here on the East Coast (despite Mother Nature's best efforts to delay it with a snowstorm last weekend) and I couldn't be more excited to usher in the most colorful season of the year. When I think of spring, I envision bright hues, poppy patterns, and plants galore. And artist Anna Valdez's work celebrates just that.
While Anna's entire portfolio is teeming with eye candy, I'm particularly drawn to her still life paintings. Set amidst a backdrop of everyday household items - books, records, laptops, and photographs all feature into her works - Anna expertly captures the colorful, electric energy of all manner of flowers, greenery, and cacti. But the true stars of her pieces are the layers upon layers of pattern and texture. Rugs, blankets, clothing, tablecloths, wall hangings, and pottery come together in an explosion of 2-D tactility. Combine all of this with Anna's masterful command of color, and the result is a paint-and-canvas world that begs to be lived in.