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Ezshwan Winding
Ezshwan Winding

painting: oil and wax on wood; oil over encasutic, on cradled wood board; needs no framing

​Here is one of my series, "Women Who Changed the World": Hedy Lamarr

This painting reveals the many facets and mysteries of this beautiful woman. Faces have fascinated me since childhood, but I don't want to paint just another pretty face. I want to express the power behind the face. Even though the painting is one dimensional, she is not. The colors push against each other, causing a powerful rhythm; a pulsing of energy that the viewer can sense. By painting with large brushes and a palette knife, I am able to keep the fresh and spontaneous quality of the subject.

Lamarr and Anthiel received a patent in 1941, but the enormous significance of their invention was not realized until decades later. It was first implemented on naval ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis and subsequently emerged in numerous military applications. But most importantly, the "spread spectrum" technology that Lamarr helped to invent would galvanize the digital communications boom, forming the technical backbone that makes cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations possible.

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I want to only make work that has "a reason for being", in my mind. That reason usually comes from my deep yoga spiritual practices. Decorative art can be lovely, but not something that I want to make.

I always work in series. This image comes the the series, Into the Silence"

I am a woman painting women; women that reflect the inspiration that comes from that private, quiet place inside their own being; opening their consciousness and receiving that soundless, small voice of guidance; the gut feeling, an inner awareness. They are opening their consciousness, becoming still and listening; going within to tap their divine intuition. It could be through contemplation, meditation, or simply a place of peace. Deep communion with the higher self can only happen in stillness.

In this series, I have portrayed women with their eyes closed, and or lightly covered. This is not a mask to hide from the world, but an indication of self-removal from outside distractions so as to reflect and connect with their higher self.

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I have been a working artist for 60 years and painting is still my passion. My CV is much too long to post here, but can be viewed on my website: www.ezshwan.com.

I see visual artists as souls with a mission to communicate. I strive to make art that touches people's hearts, either abstract or figurative, encaustic or oil, and has spiritual meaning for me. Through my art, I hope to connect with others with beauty of harmony, color, form and energy. Dreams and meditation often give me a starting point on an image and may transform me beyond the mundane and predictable. I open my senses to the experience and emotionally consent to a poetic and thrilling adventure.

I have been teaching the encaustic technique here in San Miguel for over 10 years. This gives me the opportunity to meet with other artists and creative people to share everything I know about painting with hot wax.

My work is collected internationally, and is in museums, businesses, colleges and private homes.

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