Title Eastman Lake Medium Oil on canvasa Size 28" x 22"

Michele Ramirez – Featured Artist

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Michele Ramirez – Oakland, CA

I grew up in the Central Valley surrounded by natural color fields. Crop rotations regularly presented different forms and textures, and each season brought new colors in blocks and rows. These geometric structures and planes that formed the wide-open landscape of my youth have always played strongly in my imagination and compositions.

I look at relatively empty fields which stand in stark opposition to a sterile sky and contrast them to the complex blocks and lines of the city. The highways and roads slicing through the landscape divide and order space into the most elemental forms of drawing and painting. These lines and structures bear the weight of my compositions. Color ties them to emotion. In my paintings, elements of abstraction and formal structure are incorporated to lend ambiguity to the implied narrative of each piece. The story is left to the viewer.

Title Hayward Shoreline Medium Oil on canvas Size 30' x 30"
Title
Hayward Shoreline
Medium
Oil on canvas
Size
30′ x 30″
Title Lawlor Street Medium Oil on cnavas Size 24" x 30"
Title
Lawlor Street
Medium
Oil on cnavas
Size
24″ x 30″
Title Eastman Lake Medium Oil on canvasa Size 28" x 22"
Title
Eastman Lake
Medium
Oil on canvasa
Size
28″ x 22″
Title Death Valley View Medium Oil on canvas Size 30' x 40"
Title
Death Valley View
Medium
Oil on canvas
Size
30′ x 40″

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