Mariana Kastrinakis

I have been drawing and painting for as long as i can remember. I started with drawing and oil painting lessons copying the masters while in High School in my native country of Argentina. While I have always loved art, my art education took a long break when my family moved to the US and I attended college and medical school, concentrating on a career in medicine and public health.

Approximately 10 years ago, when an illness forced me to take some time off from medicine and to re-examine the meaning of my life, I sought to reconnect with making art. I decided to try something new and enrolled in watercolor classes with a wonderful teacher named Firouzeh Sadeghi, and have been learning from her ever since. Doing watercolors and my association with Firouzeh and new friends in our painting group has changed my life. I completely fell in love with watercolor and the more I explore it, the more I find it fascinates me. I am hooked.

In addition to taking classes with Firouzeh, I have tried to broaden my art education through course work at the Corcoran Museum, Montgomery College and through participating in various artists’ workshops. I love reading about Art History and Color Theory, researching new developments in art and discussing them with colleagues and friends. I enjoy going to museums and art exhibits and especially, trying to learn about art and its relationship with healing.

Now, Art for me is more of a need than a choice. Drawing and painting helps to ground me and enriches my life, and I am very grateful to have found this venue of expression. I enjoy looking at nature and the patterns that miraculously develop when objects are hit by light. I try to reflect that in my painting. I love experimenting with color, composition, and love the challenge of “plein air” painting, which requires a quick articulation of my goals before starting each piece.

I have had the honor of showing my art at multiple exhibits, and have even received prizes. My art is in collections in the DC metro area, NY, Boston, and Florida. I am honored to be here today and hope that whoever looks at my work enjoys viewing it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
God bless and I hope readers are also able to find their muse.

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