The Meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso
I have known since I was very young that my path was to be an artist. I still remember begging my parents to buy me a pad a paper and some pencils at the age of four. The pad of paper said "scribble pad" on the its front, and scribble I did. I had the feeling that if I just scribbled somehow a beautiful picture would manifest itself. Of course nothing turned out how my young mind imagined, but I've never stopped drawing and creating since.
Throughout my life I have studied and tried several different mediums: from sculpture, to photography, drawing, papercrafts and textiles; but the my main focus has been painting in oils. More recently, I have been trying new ways to incorporate paints into mixed media and fine drawing, as I continue to challenge myself to create a versatile body of work.
I see my artwork as the transformation of nature by means of both color and texture. I seek to reinvent the world through a different lens either by my expression of organic forms, or through the creation of intriguing characters. In particular I am drawn to both the female figure and the female story. They speak of sexuality, love, fertility, and the endurance of mind and spirit. Delving deep into the soul of each painting, I encourage others to draw from each work their own meaning and their own stories, and embrace the multifarious quality of each work.
I once heard it said “museums of art are our new churches." I believe this, because if there was a goddess of art, I would worship her. When people look at my art, I want them to experience a spiritual journey: a connection between past and present, gods and goddesses, ancestors, and deep reverence for all that is art. - Nova
James Keneko Gallery Spring Exhibition, Sacramento, California 2019
Lottery for the Arts. Blue Line Gallery. Roseville, California 2019
Debtfair, a project of Occupy Museums. Whitney Biennial. Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, New York 2017
RAW Presents Revolution Arts. San Jose, Ca 2014
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Annual Bonsai/Art Exhibition. Santa Cruz, California 2013 & 2014
Louden Nelson Center. Santa Cruz Annual Fungus Festival Art and Exhibits. Santa Cruz, California 2009-2014
James Keneko Gallery Dean’s Award 2019