Carla Gelbaum approaches life with hope and enthusiasm and this is evident in her vibrant artwork.
“My art has been influenced over the years by Joan Brown’s visual memoirs, Henri Rousseau’s fabricated tales of exotic jungles and wild animals, and David Hockney’s vibrant portraits and landscapes,” says Gelbaum. “Further,” she says, “I have been deeply influenced by the Buddhist hope-filled view of the dignity and value of life.”
She uses a vibrant color palette, delighting in the dynamic play between controlled solid areas of color and areas of random markings and splattering of paint. She says, “Painting is a wonderful and magical experience for me – I love the surprises that appear on the canvas.”
Her paintings, often filled with wild and exotic animals seemingly captivated by their serene companions, exude a positive energy and life-force and encourages the viewer to join in contemplation of the wonderful and infinite possibilities of life and the universe.