Reflecting upon open waters always gives me a sense of possibility. It evokes the essence of repose or serenity that comes when all your senses are present, united and in balance with the natural world. And with that comes a willingness to embrace the unknown.
In this series of paintings, expansive bodies of water gently rippled with light are represented by large fields of iridescent color. These heightened colors often correspond to my own experiences—from swimming in the Pacific Ocean throughout my childhood to sailing and snorkeling in Hawaii and the Caribbean.
My process starts by building up layers of tinted plaster that are “submerged” by a veil of white paint. From there, I reveal the underlying composition with a rigorous sanding technique. This gives the paintings a sculptural depth that is still ethereal and atmospheric.
This process also involves a level of trust that I will discover what resonates just below the surface and bring it forward as an immersive experience.
Audra Weaser is an American painter and sculptor living in Los Angeles, CA. She was raised in Southern California and was influenced early on by the Pacific Ocean and then by her travels to places such as the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Columbia River, each with their own unique waterscapes.
Audra earned her B.F.A. from Laguna College of Art and Design and her M.F.A in painting from Claremont Graduate University. Since then, she has exhibited extensively and her work can be found in private and public collections throughout the world—from New York and San Francisco to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.