ENCOURAGING PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN THE MONTEREY BAY AREA

Artist Profile: Sydney Zentall    

My primary subject matter is the sea. I was awakened in childhood by the energy, danger, and solace of the sea. Memories of early experiences within and living on the edge of the sea contribute to the substance of my art. I have been a professional artist for 20 years. My art career began with design, specifically with weavings and fabrics, where I was intrigued with textures and layering. Oils have greater advantages due to their fluidity and translucency. Oils and pastels can both provide depths by color layering. My work differs from many sea artists in its close perspective and dramatic emphasis. Life is most often experienced anew without the cognitive perspective of distance. Sometimes this encounter is violent, as when a magnificent force of water meets rock and each is transformed, and sometimes it is gentle, formed by the water residuals of foam, fog, cloud, and spray.


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