Parisa was born in Tehran, Iran, where she studied graphic design. She has collaborated as designer and art director for several international advertising agencies and cultural institutions. Now, Parisa works as graphic designer in her own studio in Colorado, Boulder, focusing primarily on social and cultural communication.
Her work has been exhibited over than 80 national and international exhibitions in various countries and has received numerous international awards including, COW! festival In Ukraine, Ekoplagat in Slovakia, Tehran poster biennial, Ukraine Eco Poster triennial 4thBlock, among others.
Also she has been member of the jury for some significant national and international competition and festivals like Bolivia Poster Biennial in La Paz, Lahti Poster Triennial in Finland, MUT ZUR WUT competition in Germany, Poster Biennial in Mexico, PosterforTomorrow in Paris, Anti-AIDS in Kharkov, Ukraine, and Silver Cypress in Tehran.
I have been painting in watercolor for about 18 years. I have been in numerous juried shows, received several awards, and am a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society. I teach a variety of beginner through advanced watercolor classes.
I respond to impressions of the world around me through my figurative and landscape watercolor painting. Capturing a moment in time, I strive to transform an ordinary scene into something striking and often almost magical. Lighting, color, and atmosphere are the elements I manipulate to achieve this effect. I use a combination of glazing and direct painting to achieve fresh but realistic images.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised on a farm near Pittsburgh, I’ve always felt a great affnity for the outdoor landscape. I majored in fne arts and worked as a graphic designer and illustrator while also working on pastels and paintings of my own. I discovered plein air painting in 2013 and have been concentrating on landscapes, working in oil, and getting out to paint as often as I can.
My work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in many local venues and currently show my work in several Colorado galleries. I’ve received many awards, and recently won frst place and best landscape awards in the Boulder Plein Air Festival. I am a member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Website and blog : www.kathreilly.com
I like traveling around the world. Just because I want to see as many as possible interesting things in the world in my short life. Most of the travel photos are lot about famous building or popular beaches or ruins of the historical things. Showing about people is not as many yet. So I’m trying to show some people at there and also some hidden interesting things. Sometime they looks like pink cats but actually they are came from human what I’m inspired. Please enjoy my travel art works and share me what you’ve seen on your travel.
My career is started on 1998 Tokyo Japan, by magazine art work. I was a student on that time and had made decision to be an illustrator pro. Most of my works are published on magazines or advertising tool. (Sometime mural art) I’ve got a chance to work in Colorado USA on 2016 and started some different and more conceptual art works at here. The character “Mews in the City” is about me. They travel all over the world, see many things over there and meet local mews (People). This is becoming my life work. The dancer’s art works are also new concept. Telling what I feel about dancing is not easy. So I’ve started to show by painting.
When I asked about a career in biology, my 8th grade teacher said I’d have to learn the Latin names for grasshoppers and study the digestive systems of every animal – which pretty much ruined the whole biology thing.
As a college freshman, I wandered by a lecture on design one day and changed my major the next day to art and design. I studied “order out of chaos” and discovered “obsession from too much order”. I saw how “less is more” can be “less is a bore”.
I learned the rules, how to use them and how to break them. There were manifestos for color, form, everything centered and not, the parts and the sum of parts, the vertical and horizontal, windows and no windows.
I began to feel like I needed to know myself – who am I, and what did I want?
I love history, the rise and fall, the good, the bad, the ugly, the knowledge gained and lost.
I love the design in nature that we discover and the design of the things we make, discard and rediscover.
I love the cultures that generated images that helped them to make sense of their world.
I love signs and symbols because of their subjectivity and power to reach deep within us across time and space.
For me nearly nothing is black and white. I prefer the gray, the myth and legend, the blurred erasures.
I see more similarities than differences, even though I love the differences.
I love a good story that makes be think and love and dread and angry and cry for happiness.
So when I make something, I am creating relationships among the things I know and the vast ocean of things I don’t know. I’m good with that, because in the inaccuracy and incompleteness and the ambiguity exists the present moment.
I’ve been taking photographs since I was 18. I have albums at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and at the Royal Archives at Winsor Castle in England.
I call my work Digits. Digits cannot be verbalized because a significant part of a digit is the life experience of the viewer.
Making a digit is a part of me. I find that Digits are relaxing. I don’t think I could make a digit without having seizures. Photography is this era’s medium. The digit process is only a part of photography.
I work in mixed media formats. I typically use acrylic, spray paint, pastels, oil pastels, pencil and whatever I can get my hands on. I enjoy painting canvas, paper, or windows and doors that have often been found discarded.
My artwork is inspired by a deep love of nature. In my paintings, I hope to capture a moment in which aspects of nature come alive with heightened focus – the light sparkling on water. . . dark clouds foreshadowing a storm. . . reflections on a calm lake.
Often my travels are motivated by a desire to paint in a beautiful setting. I am drawn to different places because of the culture and people there, and a desire to open up to new experiences. Traveling with my sketchbook, pens and paint, I look forward to quiet times in which to observe and record what I see and feel.
One of the things I love about watercolor painting is the playful nature of it. I am fascinated with how the paint moves and flows, creating a sense of motion and energy. I find my most interesting paintings are those I don’t try to control, when I can remove the need to “produce,” and instead let my joy and a sense of discovery lead me into the painting.
With no “formal” Art Education, but with an innate curiosity and attraction to the world of Arts, I am a self-taught mixed media artist who sculpts low-firing clay and uses various post-fired techniques to create compelling works of art where organic mud joins different objects in harmonic balance.
Artists are storytellers. Whatever is the medium – painting, sculpture, music, words – we are constantly expressing the tale of who we are. I have always had the need to do something with my hands in order to “create” what is in my mind, influenced by the different cultures I have had the chance to live in.
My work is mainly figurative where color, love, longing, hope, emotions, humor, imagery, rhythm and balance are conjugated as a reflection of my experiences. I started out painting but quickly moved into the sculpture, a need for a three-dimensional expression that allows people to see and touch my creations, led me to this development.
My paintings are inspired by the love of nature, social justice causes and our common quest for connection. I do expressionist landscapes, abstracts and Judaica. I use oil or oil and mixed media on canvas with a palette knife. Color, movement and texture facilitate the emotional quality and intensity of my art. My mixed media paintings capture and transform with the light. They are best appreciated in person as you move around them. The spiral and circular motif in many of my abstracts and Judaica speak of the feminine in life and a yearning for completeness. Many of my paintings are heavily layered and suggest the viewer look deeper or from different perspectives.
I studied art and art history at Sarah Lawrence College where I received my B.A. I was stunned by my first visit to MOMA and returned to The City weekend after weekend to stand in front of some of the greatest art in the world. But I had to earn a living and chose to become a social worker. I received an M.A. in History from the University of California and an MSW from Denver University. I retired after 28 years serving the children and families in the Boulder Valley School District. I have served on many boards and commissions in our community where I raised my family and am helping to raise a grandchild. Throughout my life I have taken art classes and have painted when I could. I am now enjoying painting on a regular basis. I have shown my work in private homes, juried shows, such as Windows to the Divine at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and BAA, Barnes and Noble’s Senior Shows and Mountain Expressions. I had a solo show at the Boulder Jewish Community Center and have been featured at local synagogues. I produced a calendar of art work done by orphans of the Great Tsunami in Sri Lanka following several months of art therapy service there and have done art therapy with survivors of the genocide in Cambodia most recently.
My art may be viewed at my home studio by appointment.