July/August: Art at the Co-op

Friday July 31st will feature the opening of our second ArtWalk artist. You will be able to meet Ena Raml at the Co-op from 5:30 pm - 7 pm on that Friday and the show will continue through Wednesday, September 9th.

"My vision is to capture some of the Lord's beautiful creation in my paintings," Ena says. She certainly does this. I have only seen digital representations of her work so far but I was impressed, and I think you will be also. Born in Cuba, Ena emigrated to the USA in 1970. She earned a BFA from Florida International University. She loves to paint outside on location, attempting to capture the effects of light on the landscape. She has found that the experience of painting out of doors throughout the four seasons has helped her to work more quickly and use time more effectively. Early morning and late afternoon are her favorite times to work.

She loves bright colors, and also enjoys working loosely with a palette knife, or with brushes loaded with linseed oil and mineral spirits, which allows her to create a flowing buttery texture -- a style she is working at developing. She makes use of a viewfinder to locate the most pleasing composition. Ena's goal is to become a daily painter. She feels this daily practice will of necessity rapidly improve her skills, especially her brushwork and use of the palette knife. She cites many artists as having influenced her, including Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Edgar Payne and Mary Cassatt. She is grateful to her teachers of the last four years: Camielle Prezowedek, Lori Putman, and local artist Dana Aldis.

Come and meet the artist and enjoy her work from 5.30 pm to 7 pm on Friday July 31st. You will not regret it!