Debra Cook Shapiro

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Neighborhood: Russian Hill

I paint landscapes and figurative oil paintings that are inspired by happy occasions both real and some imagined while wishfully thinking. . I am working from my own photographs and my memory which might stray from what I actually have seen.
I have been making collages from
painted paper and small studies as well as larger painting gs on canvas. I am simplifying the information in a photo which helps me relax enough to work with larger shapes and more energy in the brushwork in the larger paintings. I am excited about my new theme and I hope to continue attending parties and events for inspiration for exploring this theme in more depth.
I love the rococo period paintings from France and Italy and think of the contemporary version of those when I plan my paintings. I love creating beautiful escapes from the often harsh realities of life.