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Artist Solo Show – Rene Smoller
March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t thinking about or doing something that involved artistic expression. Growing up poor forced me to turn to any available materials for creative projects including eggshells, string, toilet paper rolls, and TV dinner trays. Most of my earlier adult work included art furniture, jewelry, and photography. My life took me in many directions as I moved from Philadelphia to New York to pursue a career in theater, and finally to Los Angeles where I began teaching computer applications and graphic design. Aside from my diploma in graphic design, I am a self-taught, fine art, digital painter and only started painting at the age of 66, after a 43-year search for my biological father. Once I found out his identity, something happened to me. I felt like a giant part of my life puzzle had been put into its rightful place. It made me feel whole and gave me a strong sense of self which enabled me to begin my next life chapter as a digital artist. I saw it as a miraculous and life-changing event.
I see my art as visual storytelling and any subject is grist for the mill. I love to juxtapose representational images to create personal narratives. Each work is purposeful, conscious and responsive to a particular set of prevailing emotions. Whether the viewer sees the same story or invents a whole new scenario, it is the grand mystery and endless fascination of creation for me. I leave it to the critics and art aficionados to define it and do the labeling. As an “emerging artist” at age 68, I’m just thrilled to be out there (or anywhere for that matter), have my work seen and to be part of the art conversation. I am looking forward to meeting art lovers from all over who will take the journey of discovery with me as we delve into the “Natural World.” See you at the Reflections Elegante Fine Art Gallery! I can’t wait.