Dorota Quiroz

Dorota Quiroz

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I’m an American artist with strong Polish roots, living in Okinawa, Japan.
I am classically trained artist with over 30 years of experience. My artwork includes a variety of subject matter including portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, genre as well as abstracts. I specialize in oils and acrylics, but also create a lot of art in other media like watercolors, pen & ink, charcoal and graphite.

About 10 years ago, I began creating large oil paintings of plants using vibrant colors and highly modeled forms. I think of my artwork as a close-up personal look at the nature’s beauty. The size of the paintings commands attention to the details of each flower, leaf or fruit and their beauty. When I’m in the front of one of my large canvas, I am transformed into a small insect like a bee or a butterfly searching for nectar or place to rest. My art’s aim is not to portray a faithful representation of plants, but to evoke an emotional reaction through visual enticement through size, color and form. The combination of subject matter and size of my artwork was influenced directly by art of Georgia O’Keeffe and Mark Rothko.
6 years ago, I began to altered the subject matter of my paintings from floral close-ups to highly patterned landscapes. This step back in my point of view is directly related to an observation that my highly polished images of flowers look dislocated and artificial. This realization prompted me to utilize color-juxtaposed small lines and dots to create an illusion of movement. Also, since it requires a lot of time to finish each painting due to its labor-intensive mark making, I decided to reduce the size of my artwork to accommodate this new approach.

Many of my recent pieces, especially portraits, have been influenced by my recent travels in Asia.
The most recent work includes self-portraits in themed series titled MEDUSA SERIES and FEMME FATALE SERIES.