My artistic goal is to record mood and character in the portrait of an instant. I want my art to connect Artist and Observer in the common understanding that -- beyond our differences -- we humans share universal feelings, and silent modes of communication, that transcend language and culture. Before I pronounce a work finished I like to see a blending of these two opposites: how my subject differs from every other, and yet is the same.

The tools I use share the same extreme. I’m comfortable working both two and three-dimensionally. I use whatever medium is called for in portraiture, and whatever strikes my fancy in my personal art. Sometimes that means painting with coffee or playing in mud; but always I try to create what is moving, and what is about feelings rather than features.

I went on scholarship to Chiounard Art Institute, before it became The California Institute of the Arts, back when it echoed with artists like De Cooning and Pollock. Later, I studied with the Italian artist, Mario DeFerrante, who believed that art was like prayer. Yet, he created loud, vibrant paintings. An artist friend describes my style as “classical-crazy,” or "tradition gone a little wild", which cycles back to the balance of differences I like my work to exhibit. One thing is constant, however. Children, for their ability to be trustingly true to themselves, remain my favorite subjects, and somehow seem to exemplify my personal philosophy, that art should be beautiful, truth-based, and fearlessly individual.

For pricing, call: (661)618-8843 or (661) 251-0944. Email: tandyz@earthlink.net
Studio Appointments by Request.

Thank you, Tandy Zorba

 
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