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California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta

2015 New Paintings of Animals and Plants

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.



California Series Desert Bighorn Sheep

The Desert Sun, Palm Springs Artist Series

Marilyn Chung and Rosalie Murphy, journalists with the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, put together a wonderful series  of videos and articles about artists in Palm Springs. The writing and videography is lovely and I feel so grateful as well as a bit flattered to be part of the series.

Last week, the Desert Sun featured artist Tolley Marney, a steel sculptor. On the roster are: Terry Masters, a plein aire landscape oil painter whose masterful paintings of the urban and natural desert landscape are breathtaking; and Rose Rosendo, a feminist mid-century modern artist who came of age in the 1960’s, and me – Cristina Acosta. It’s a wonderful series introducing Coachella Valley, California, readers to the variety of local artists.

Mid-life and older artists have lived a commitment to the physical and spiritual practice of creation across decades. Artistic and career success comes and goes on a variety of levels, but the commitment to engage with the world through art continues despite the changes within our minds and hearts and the world around us as time ticks by. I am so blessed to know so many artists and writers and to have lived a life in their presence.

Check out the Desert Sun newspaper. And thank you.