West coast artist, Cassandra Kendall, specializes in surrealistic equine portraits, and figurative oil paintings.
Kendall works out of her private studio in San Diego, California, and is focused on creating inventory of large-scale oil paintings and archival prints for gallery representation and private collectors. Her works of art embody nature, as well as theatrical wilderness concepts, combined with mosaic design elements.
A romantic at heart, Kendall approaches each art piece with a meaningful question: "How will this impact the audience and start a conversation? In order to promote a serendipitous relationship between the viewer and visual art itself, I believe ART must connect with our emotions; mentally and spiritually. Thus, inviting the audience to interpret what the art means and how it feels for themselves when viewing the art."
Kendall's strong interest in art began during her childhood. "I have always loved horses! Since I was a little girl, I loved to draw and take photographs, using a Polaroid camera, of various animals and equine subjects", she explained. Later, to help Cassandra refine her skills and seek adventure, she traveled to far and away places. Fantastic destinations that include the Sierra Nevada, Pacific Northwest, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Hawaii. Enriched by nature, she was motivated to draw and/or capture the dramatic landscapes and seascapes where she could experience total immersion and freedom of expression.
Cassandra's experience with nature photography further enabled her to become a photojournalistic style wedding and commercial photographer. During this era, Kendall embraced the art of portraiture and significance of capturing evocative mementos. For instance, that fleeting moment, at first glance, when the groom see's his beautiful bride in her wedding gown. Or, the heartfelt impact of a passionate kiss, when husband and wife celebrate the words I do.
In return, these special events were about observing and learning from each experience. Essentially, they are the emotive force behind Kendall's artistic decisions and why she became an oil painter. Since 2018, Cassandra has been honing her skills as an oil painter. Although, Kendall is no longer doing commercial photography, she does use digital photography to aid in the production of her creative, two-dimensional contemporary paintings and fine art prints.
"Everything you can imagine is real" ~ Pablo Picasso
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