2015 New Paintings of Animals and Plants

California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta
California State Bear Flags diptych by ©Cristina Acosta Acrylic on wood panels. .
Woodland Series: Mama Bear and Cub with Crows
Woodland Series Raccoons by Cristina Acosta
Desert Series: Desert Tortoise with Prickly Pear triptych
Desert Series: Jack Rabbit and Ocotillo by ©Cristina Acosta
California Series Desert Bighorn Sheep
Woodland Series: Chickadee by Cristina Acosta
Woodland Series - Bird by Cristina Acosta
Ocean Series: Otter with Sea Star by Cristina Acosta
California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta

A lifetime spent living with nature in the mountains or coast has come to full circle when I moved to the Southern California desert this year. Inspired by the three West Coast climate zones that have nurtured my life, my new series of paintings is divided into three themes: Desert, Woodland and Coastal.

In the same way that the past and contemporary segments of my life all fit together to form today, I’ve designed these paintings to all fit together. Like tiles on a backsplash, the similar sizes and shapes of the paintings and the color palette choices encourage many different paintings to be put together. A 2′ or 3′ square painting can become a mural that could fill an entire wall! If your wall is not terribly big, you may want to mix a few 12″ wide paintings into the mix and create diptychs and triptychs.

When I look at these paintings I see things from my past experiences: years in my tile business, my experience as a billboard mural painter; years of drawing every animal that walked onto my old ranch in Oregon; years of nordic ski racing, stand up paddling on rivers, lakes and ocean, and horseback riding. Put them all together and they add up to these paintings. They flowed out of me so easily that I made 43 of them this past year and realized I had a new series.