Fine Artist

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Long Beach, CA, United States
I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. My work tends to focus on current emotions influenced by what I'm experiencing at the moment. Life has a way of falling into place after the struggles, and that is what I try to communicate through my Artwork. Although I use a variety of mediums and processes in each piece my methodology is consistent.

In the Time of the Butterflies

Tittle: in the Time of the Butterflies
Size: 16x20
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Searching for my Roots

Title: Searching for my Roots 
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas 
Size: 24 x 48
     "Searching for my Roots" is a painting that was inspired by a dream I had during a time in my life when I was doing a little bit of what they call "Soul Searching". One night I had a dream of a huge tree with enormous roots that would come out of the ground. I remember that the bright reds and yellows that where glowing in the horizon where blinding. They creating a silhouette of a tree and a woman, the woman appeared to be searching for something. 
     What makes this painting unique is that the woman is represented by a figure that appears to be a sketch. A sketch is the unfinished product of a painting, giving the essential features without the details. This woman represents me in my search for where I come from, who I am  and who I will become.

Mystic Waters

Title: Mystic Waters 
Medium: Acrylic on Wood 
Size: 30 X 60


















     

     
     Artist's Personal Connection: It seems as if every stage of my life I am entering a new and unknown ground. I am doing things that I never thought possible. "Mystic Waters" is a reminder of the occult power that following your dreams has in your life. The significance of walking a new road with confidence and curiosity just because your heart tells you its the right path is what makes life worth living for.

Spiritual Transformation

Title: Spiritual Transformation
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 18 X 24


Peace in the Chaos

Solo Exhibition 2013
Peace in the Chaos is an exhibition that echoes that struggle of trying to feel happy despite the environment that surrounds us. That fight every human has with themselves, of trying to fit into a society that has forgotten about the true meaning of coexisting. The way beautiful people should look, what kind of music we should listen to, what we should watch on TV and when, what kind of clothes make you better than the person sitting next to you. We become mental slaves to norms that are put upon us, norms that make us question our individuality.
In this exhibition I intend to expose my own self-struggles and the battles that I've overcome, simply by getting to know myself as an individual first, then a mother, a friend, a partner, and a lover. Spending time with myself I began to realize that I am capable of reaching peace from within. That peace is what allows me to feel happiness in the middle of the chaos that surrounds me.

Exhibition runs Sept 5 to Oct 12. Opening is during San Pedro’s ArtWalk from 6-9pm
Artist reception is Saturday, Sept 21, 5-9 pm
at Gallery Azul
520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
for more info go to www.galleryazul.com

21st Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival

This year I will be participating in the 21st Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival! I will also paint a piece that will be placed in the Silent Auction display at the festival. All proceeds from final sales at the close of the event, will benefit the community arts work of Light Bringer Project.
Stop by on Saturday or Sunday to say hi!
@ Paseo Colorado in Pasadena, CA
June 15 & 16

Collector’s Choice

This year we’re celebrating our Collector’s Choice event on Saturday, June 8th.
Collector’s Choice is LCAD's most important fundraiser. The college’s annual fundraising event succeeds because Alumni generously donate the art that is sold in the evening’s auctions. All proceeds from the event benefit LCAD programs and scholarships for art students.

"Si Se Puede!" Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Art Exhibit

The pieces "Manos Campesinas" and "Mi Viejo" are representative of my grandfather who was a
Ranchero who came north in search of a better life for his family. These two paintings will be in the "Si Se Puede!" Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Art Exhibit @ CBU Gallery at 3737 Main Street, Suite 101, Riverside, CA
Artists Reception: Thursday, June 6, 6-9 pm. During Riverside Arts Walk.
Exhibition Dates: June 4 - 8, 2013

"The Wild Feminine"

"The Wild Feminine"
Gallery Azul is Presenting a Group Art Exhibition on
Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 5-10pm
520 W. 8th Street,
San Pedro, CA 90731
https://www.facebook.com/events/495843770486929/

Solo Show 2013



As I prepare for a solo show in September of this year, I have an image in my head of a huge thick open book sitting on a small table in a dark room with a single spotlight beaming on it. Its an analogy of the feeling that I'm still writing the story of life. As this is fresh in my mind I realize that I want to live my life doing things that give meaning to my existence. I want to educate people through my art as I learn life's lessons myself leaving a trace behind. This is what my solo show will reflect. I've been analyzing the things that define me, being a Sagittarius and the characteristics that describe me. I think of words that describe my struggles, define me, and the things that I do and don't believe in. I've been painting hearts, keys and key holes to represent my heart and finding true love. In this solo show you will see the body of work that was developed during this search of identity.

My Hero


Title: My Hero
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 31 X 39
This painting portrays a powerful woman almost supernatural in a heroic pose. Her eyes are in the shadow of her flowing hair to hide the pain in her eyes. She appears to be made of strength but her fragile body is the mystery she hides behind her cape.

Artists Personal Connection: The idea of My Hero came about when my mother was diagnosed with a serious health condition. Despite her physical pain and the challenges that her disease brings to her everyday life, she still stands strong. 

Valle Sagrado

Tittle: Valle Sagrado
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 30x40
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It's always a pleasure to be part of the "Matices de las Americas" exhibition. Saturday September 8, 2012 at 7pm. Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd., San Diego, California 92101

Artist Tip!


 Draw with a brush instead of a pencil.

When starting a new painting on canvas, draw with a brush instead of a pencil. When we draw with a pencil we tend to spend more time drawing in details. This can be time consuming and unnecessary extra work since the pencil drawing will disappear as soon as you begin to paint over it. Instead use a brush and watered down paint to sketch and plan out the placement of things.You will cut your working time significantly and you will be happy that you didn't have to redraw the same image twice.


Progress 
"Manos Campesinas"  Acrylic on Camvas 24 x 40

Working on a new piece.

I'm working on a new body of work in preparation for my solo show this year, 2012.

MES DE LA MUJER @ THE FRONT


As a Hispanic woman I am very proud of my language and culture. I have been working very hard on doing the things that give meaning to me. I painted a new piece during a time when I was analyzing my life and everything that has influenced in forming who I am. Being the first generation born in the US from Mexican parents and growing up in both sides of the US/MX border, I realized that I was given the option to choose between two completely different cultures. One that offered me a better quality of life, education, better job opportunities and on the other hand, I had the culture that at a glance offered no future but is filled with my history, my ancestors, my roots. Therefore, the title of this piece is Rescate Ancestral, because even though I chose to become part of the culture that offers me a better future, I want to keep alive the memories of my country. I submitted this piece to the “2012 Mujer: The Force Within” Juried Exhibition last year. They awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of the juried exhibition. Attendees had the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite piece. It was announced at the end of the night that I had won The Peoples Choice Award. This award came at a good time in my life. I was taking big steps in my artistic career, the reaction of the people and the support I received during this show served as reassurance that I was making the right artistic choices.

-Estela Gama

Estela Gama's Live Art

Live Painting by Estela Gama



Live Painting...
I like it when people stand around to watch me while I paint, its like I'm taken to another dimension.
When I paint live I never plan what I'm going to paint. Everything that happens during the creation is what makes the piece unique. I let the feeling of the atmosphere, people around me, current emotions take over and I release it as it comes,
its like meditation...

Sepia Love

Estela Gama
Sepia Love
Oil on Canvas

Rainbow Lashes

Estela Gama Art
Rainbow Lashes
Acrylic on Canvas
2011

Red Satin

Estela Gama Art
Red Satin
Oil on Canvas

Dreams of 2011


Estela Gama Art
"Dreams of 2011"
Acrylic on Canvas

Rescate Ancestral

Title: Rescate Ancestral (Ancestral Rescue)
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 36'x48'

" Peoples Choice Award Winner, MUJER: THE FORCE WITHIN, 5th Annual Dia de la Mujer @ The Front! 03.08.2012"
Rescate Ancestral is a painting that developed during a time when I was analyzing my life and everything that has influenced in forming who I am today. Being the first generation born in the US from Mexican parents and growing up in both sides of the US/MX border I realized that I was given the option to choose between two completely different cultures. One that offered me a better quality of life, education, and better job opportunities. On the other hand, I had the culture that at a glance offered me no future but is filled with my history, my  ancestors, It has my roots. Therefore, the title of this piece is Rescate Ancestral (Ancestral Rescue), because even though I chose to become part of the culture that offers me a better future, I cant forget who I am and where I came from because that makes me who I am.The image of this woman  represents me in this American culture. I stand tall, proud of what I am and have accomplished. The disappearing headpiece represents my ancestors and my roots who I cant denied but are inevitably fading.



Eco de Sombras Pasadas "Echo of Past Shadows



Estela Gama Art
Title: Eco de Sombras Pasadas "Echo of Past Shadows
Size: 40 x 60
Media:Acrylic on Canvas


Eco de Sombras Pasadas is a painting that was inspired by a friend and her struggles after returning from her service in the US Navy and dealing with an unexpected relationship separation. The emotional roller coaster she was in was taking a toll on her. In search for an outlet she discovered her passion for dance. In this painting I try to convey the beauty of her rejuvenated body as a dancer and the shadows of her past that still echo in her present.