Artist, Designer & Photographer
Fine Art Prints, Paintings & Illustrations
Art Nouveau Romantic Realism
Inspired by the Renaissance masters and classical cinematic movie creators of Hollywood, such as Walt Disney and George Lucas Films, Cassandra Kendall is a full-time fine artist working out of her private studio in San Diego, California.
Kendall was a long-time multi-media commercial photographer who recently transitioned into the fine-arts of painting and three-dimensional design.
Currently, Cassandra is focused on a series of large-scale paintings and illustrative art which embody theatrical concepts and her work experience in the commercial field. Combined with illuminated materials such as amusements lights and special effects light boxes, Kendall constructs original design works using acrylic and oil paints on wood, metal and plexiglass surfaces.
Cassandra loves to create compelling art that embrace the beautiful qualities of Art Deco and Art Nouveau motifs. Whereas, the artist specifically depicts archetypal characters, often performing artists and exotic animals, who err on the side of puzzling and edgy personas. The ambient backgrounds are set upon rustic, earthy textures and organic shapes that emphasize the beautiful elements of nature. Kendall also mixes radiant and complimentary colors, theatrical lighting and contrasted values for dramatic effects.
In terms of storytelling, Cassandra's artistic paintings convey esoteric concepts and subtle mythological characteristics. For example, Kendall's recent conceptual piece, "Venus Rising", she depicted the elegant lines of the dancer's pose, Venus, and flowing hair suggested the feeling of freedom when connected to nature. Relative to the graceful movements of the water, it's reflections and powerful horse moving slowly through those elements. "There's a visual dream-like story that I am sharing which has no beginning and no end," Cassandra stated. "Venus is totally in the present, her poise captured by light, like photography, in that instant, leaving a distinct impression of that moment in time."
Cassandra's long time experience in the photography field as a photojournalistic style wedding and portrait photographer taught her the importance of capturing mementos. For instance, that fleeting moment when a father embraces his daughter after presenting the bride to her fiancé at the alter. Or, the heartfelt impact of a passionate kiss, when husband and wife celebrate the words I do.
These are the hallmark moments that appear significant to all humans and creatures of this earth... and the short answer is simple- to love and be loved.
In return, the events that took place were about observing and growing and what could be learned from each one. Essentially, these cherished experiences were the emotive force behind Kendall's artistic decisions and why she became an artist in the first place.
A romantic at heart, this is how and why Kendall approaches each piece with a meaningful question... "How will this impact the audience and start a conversation to promote a serendipitous relationship between the viewer and visual art itself?", she asks. "Even though it is my belief that the art's purpose is not to tell people how to feel," Kendall said, "I believe it's purpose it to help the viewer connect with their own emotions, subconsciously. Allowing the audience and their imagination to decide for themselves, what it means and how they feel."
"Everything you can imagine is real" ~ Pablo Picasso
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