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NAOMI BAUTISTA & MARLENE LEE: Recent Works
Jan. 4 - 27, 2019 | Reception: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

NAOMI BAUTISTA
Fifteen years ago I began taking a basic painting class at a local community college after my daughter started kindergarten. I had always wanted to learn how to create fine art. Ever since I was little, I knew I was an artist. Ballet was the tool that allowed me to express my feelings and emotions through movements with music. Now the canvas is my stage. I pick up my brushes and let myself go. Any subject can be a reference of what my artistic eyes interpret, where the interpretation is something only I can create. How fun and exciting it is. I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love to do. Thanks to my very supportive husband and daughter, I'm on a journey of self-discovery.
Since my painting endeavor took off, I've taken many painting, drawing classes and workshops from various teachers. Some of them taught me fundamental basic techniques while others taught me how to transfer my love of colors and energy onto the canvas. I feel happy and content when making art and I hope that the art I make can provide happiness and joy to others as well.


"The life and essence of art - whether it is a painting, music or dance - lies in expressing a wellspring of emotion, the universall realm of the human spirit. It is a melding of the individual and the universal. That is why great art reaches out beyond ethnic and national barriers to move people the world over".
-Daisaku Ikeda-


MARLENE LEE
Since graduating from California State University, Sacramento in studio art in 2009, I began to pursue art seriously. I mainly paint in oils - landscapes and still life but my passion is portraits and figures. I'm furthering my painting skills with workshops and classes from Terry Miura, a well known northern California painter, Jeff Watts Online Program and then Sadie Valeri Online Atelier program.

I had participated in local art projects such as the Yolo Arts & Ags Project where artists are invited to spend the morning painting the farmland of the Sacramento Valley. I also do portrait drawing on site at fairs as well as participate in the local sketching group. Now I'm working on a series of tiny dog paintings.

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