ARTIST STATEMENT

My approach to painting involves an exploration of color, movement, depth and contrast. My style is spontaneous and instinctive. I allow the dynamics of color to flow naturally in an uninterrupted movement that evokes harmony and balance. My intention is to share a heart-felt energy and evoke an emotional reaction that has a positive impact for the viewer. It pleases me that owners of my work remark about how they feel a connection with their piece, that it soothes them. My major source of inspiration is nature and spirituality; however, not as much in a literal sense as in delving into my innate connection to the divine beauty, love and light.

BIO

Cosima Aryee was born into a large Italian family in beautiful Southern Italy, where she embraced the light, colors, and robust culture. When she was 12 she immigrated to the Chicago area where she currently lives with her husband and son.

Cosima has had solo and group exhibitions of her work including those held at Highland Park City Hall and College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Illinois. Her art is in many private and public collections around the world including Southern Illinois University. She has been an art instructor for 3 years having taught all painting mediums and students of all ages in different locations including Round Lake Beach Cultural Center. After high school she served in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, where she was commissioned to paint six murals within Kennedy Kaserne.

She earned a BA Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a double major in painting and drawing. Prior to becoming a full-time artist she enjoyed a successful career in graphic design.

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