My inspiration for this painting comes from the tides that are ever changing, when the tide changes the elements of the beach so much where the water will rise on some rocks while keeping others sticking up among the waters surface.
Shell Beach in La Jolla, CA was my inspiration for this painting. There I am so amazed on how much the sea changes the landscape of that small beach. During low tide, the water receded and you can see the rocks that cover the ocean floor, the sea creatures and anemones and so many details.I have watched people walk out on the rocks where the water didnt touch there feet. Then at high tide they become covered where you can only see them peaking out from the water when the ocean is in between waves, sometimes not able to see them at all.
That particular beach is quite amazing where when you first walk down the stairs to get onto the beach you are greeted with large rocks that you have to step over all pilled up among one another that the sea brought in. Sometimes more and sometimes less. Then other times of the year you go down and are greeted with sand at your feet instead.
So in this painting I wanted to have some of the rocks (agate pieces) to some be under water which I covered with a heavy medium to resemble the water over them while some are sticking out of the medium not effected by the rising water. I wanted to create more dimension and depth with this for the water. -Tesa Micahels
As an artist Tesa is inspired by nature’s abundant landscape. “In my ‘Elements Series’ of abstracts, the semi-precious stones are my inspiration. I am so intrigued by them. They are like snowflakes; not one is the same as another. They are formed by the earth and are old, beautiful and so unique. I love them all. However, I am quite partial to Amethyst, Quartz rough crystals and Agate. The stones are so diverse in their energy and spiritual properties, and their colors and textures. To me they are precious treasures that I want to combine with my art to highlight their beauty in a unique way.”
Tesa Michaels was artistically gifted at a young age, stating “I began to draw first, rather than write. As a fourth generation artist, my great grandpa, grandma, and mother passed on their artistic talents to me.
“I have always been immersed in creativity, constantly finding inspiration while my family has always inspired and encouraged me to be a professional artist. At the age of 12, I painted my first oil painting, and at age 17 I was accepted in my first national show.”
Tesa studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Colorado where she earned her degree. Tesa worked in the graphic design field for some time; in printing, as an Art Director for a health products company and in advertising at J. Walter Thompson as an Art Director working on Ford commercials. After some time Tesa re-discovered her roots as a Fine Artist and picked up oils and found her true niche calling. “As an artist I am so passionate about each piece and have so much fun creating art. I learn from every piece I do and I have more ideas than I do time. I have constant creative thoughts running through my head at all times that I only wish I had more time to accomplish what I would like.”
Ms. Michaels is also a member of Mixed Media Artists International and Society of Mixed Media Artists (SoMMA).
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Q & A
AFA: What is your favorite semi-precious stone?
TM: “Amethyst, because I resonate with its energy so much.”
AFA: Who is your favorite artist?
“Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. They were masters of the Hudson River School
. That whole era really resonates with me and my work!”
AFA: What inspires you?
TM: “Nature! You’ll find that landscapes and skies are in most of my pieces.”
AFA: Where (geographically) is the best place to be inspired?
TM: “Australia. I’ve been there twice and I pull from a lot of pictures of beaches to paint. Sunsets only, no sunrises! Otherwise, Colorado, because I love the mountains.”
AFA: What music do you listen to while painting?
TM: “I’m a country gal first, but I love my 80’s hairbands! Poison, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, etc…”
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