Brenda Salamone was born in Tucson, AZ, but grew up in South Florida. Now in California, she paints in studios in San Diego and in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband Dean. A talented artist in many disciplines, Salamone has developed skills and gained experience in traditional painting, digital artistry, special makeup effects, scenic painting, and illustration.
Her paintings have won awards both internationally and in the United States, and have shown from Central to Southern California, Arizona, and Colorado, as well as in several movie productions. Her collectors span the globe, including England, Scotland, Cyprus, and throughout the United States.
While much of her earlier art is representational, her current work came about from a deepening appreciation of the artistic beauty in all nature’s forms. Her style is an abstract expression of the beauty of semi-precious and precious gemstone minerals. These exciting elements of the Earth are often hiding within a gray exterior of rock, and it isn’t until they escape this matrix that their true brilliance can shine. She works in both oils and pastels, using iridescent pigments and metallic leaf to emphasize the sparkle of the Earth’s treasures.
Salamone begins each piece by doing a very rough sketch on her canvas or board where she blocks in the largest color areas. She then lays in a tint of color that is the complement to the primary colors in the stone. From there, the painting develops layer by layer. There are big, juicy swaths of color that dominate and are complimented by thin veining cuts that form interesting little pathways. When painting in oils or mixed media, she adds metallic leaf or powdered silver and copper to the paint before it dries, then layers more color over it. In pastels, she works iridescent pigments into the colors as the painting develops. Usually, the painting takes on an otherworldly aspect, no longer a specific stone, but a fantastic venue of color and sparkle for the eyes to explore.
“My love of nature always inspires my artwork. Whether of landscapes, seascapes, or animals, my paintings are my way to preserve the rapidly disappearing beauty of the world around us. A deeper appreciation of the basis for that beauty – the earth itself, the air we breathe, the fire that can renew growth, and the water that sustains our life – brought about a new aspect of my work, and my style morphed into an exploration of the elements – earth, air, fire and water.
My paintings often begin with studying the natural minerals and rough gemstones I have collected my whole life. The intricate details of these stones create beautiful worlds of their own to behold. There are times when a painting spends several weeks on my easel, defying any attempt to be what I was seeing in my mind, only to finally settle into place with just a few more brushstrokes and suddenly Become. That’s what I live for, that’s why I paint.
I am constantly excited and motivated by the Earth element, and I’m looking forward to continuing in each aspect of these explorations as I move into the other elements. My work strives to express the inward significance of our true selves. Human beings are visual creatures, and it is in our nature to make judgments based on outward appearances. The matrix of stone on the outside of a geode may be drab and uninteresting, just a rock that looks like thousands of others around it, but when the treasure inside is exposed and polished, the dazzling results are breathtaking and priceless. The dull exterior of a geode rock had become a metaphor for my life and art. By breaking free and escaping the matrix, my true colors and artistry are able to shine.” – Brenda Salamone
Available as an original oil painting in the ‘Elemental Art – Geomorphic Abstractions’ series, which is an oil and acrylic painting with dry pigment, iridescent pigment and variegated copper leafing on deep-sided, gallery-wrap canvas. It comes with a modern, white wooden floater frame that was selected to complement the scale and colors of the original oil painting. Presented in a vertical format, but can be presented horizontally.Also available as a limited edition fine art archival print. You have a few options in terms of fine art prints. All of them come ready to hang except the paper giclee, which will be shipped to you rolled in a tube. We would love to work with you on custom framing and matting for a paper giclee should you live in Southern California. If you live elsewhere, it is wiser to work with a local framer due to shipping costs. To better understand which fine art print option is best for you, read Wall Art and Print Substrate Options. Dimensions: 24" x 36". Custom sizes available upon request. Beautiful surroundings are enhanced by dramatic copper, subtle iridescence, and deep turquoise blue that will provide a mystical addition to your modern décor. Inspired by malachite, azurite, and oxidized copper, Part of the Process is an expression of how the process of time and pressure can bring about amazing beauty, in life and in geology.