Renate Kuprian’s artist statement I moved from Italy to the USA before continuing my studies at Sonoma State University where I graduated in 2003 in Fine Arts. I am inspired by the natural world; it probably has its roots in the mountain ranges of the Alps in Italy, where I grew up. Living here, in Northern California, makes me very happy. I'm surrounded by natural beauty and I find great inspiration by it. With time my work has become more intuitive. I rely on subconscious recall and educational theory. Working with oil paints is very gratifying to me since my focus is on layers, building them up and scraping back, finding stuff I had forgotten about. The painting starts to get interesting and develops its own story. Besides oil, I love working with collages and mixed media. The play between texture and color is very playful and gratifying to me. Overall my work is very adaptable; sometimes I create representational work and sometimes pure abstract work. I hope that you enjoy my work and thank you for taking the time to visit my website.