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International artist Mira Guerquin was born in Warsaw, Poland and has shown her works in Europe, Canada and the US. This prolific artist not only excels in watercolor, but also had a career in graphic design. Today, she devotes herself to painting. Some of her favorite things to paint, of course, are animals!
I am inspired by animals and nature. I am truly fascinated by the endless configurations of size, shape, and color of animal bodies. When I observe and paint them, I wonder what remarkable processes generated these beautiful patterns and lead to such diversity. The closest field of observation is my backyard where I plant variety of flowers and plants that attract bees, butterflies, and birds. I also made frequent trips to faraway places like Europe, Africa, Asia to see animals living in their natural surroundings. From those trips I have collections of photographs that provide endless inspiration for my new paintings.
I have spent many years experimenting with artistic techniques and surfaces but finally fell in love with watercolors. This technique, as some would say, is based on happy accidents. The more you paint, more often they happen. I chose this challenging and rewarding technique to explore how water and paint allow me to express the rich colors, intricate textures, and attractive beauty of animal bodies. I do not attempt to document the birds and animals with exact realism, but rather to express some of the qualities and energy of the amazing natural world around us.
My small dog is adopted from the Humane Society. He’s a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund (called a Chiweenie). He assists me in my studio, sometimes acting as a model, and always vigorously and bravely protecting the place.
I’ve been creating art for my entire life, so there isn’t a single piece that stands above others for me. I’ve learned that there are phases of interest when I am inspired to paint new subjects in new ways. Most recently I’ve been painting single animals on a white background which lets me focus on the natural beauty of the creature, and sometimes on the emotion of the moment. You can see the collection on my Etsy store. The wonderful thing about exhibiting my work online is that you pick favorites for me. For example, I didn’t expect my Red Fox painting to become the most popular item on my store, but for some reason it gets more attention than others.
Naturally animals are shy, but sometimes they are curious and playful, and to my eyes, they are beautiful.
Enjoy more or Mira's work here: