by Ana Tzarev
A talented artist, Ana Tzarev displays her talent in oil paintings, watercolors, and bronze casted sculpture at New York City’s Ana Tzarev Gallery. Ana Tzarev finds painting to be a tactile and visual, experience. With the goal of communicating her diverse experiences to others, she focuses on incorporating the use of the impasto style.
Utilizing the impasto technique, she applies oil paint with thick brushstrokes to the canvas. I sometimes apply it with a knife or brush, or even directly onto the work. The technique creates a wonderful textural effect, which cannot be achieved by more traditional means. People who view Tzarev’s paintings often tell her that they feel as if they are directly transported into her work. It is as though they are right there in the painting and able to physically touch the world that I have visualized.
Some of the most famous painters in the world have used the impasto technique. It is a favorite tool of the French Impressionists from whom she derives so much inspiration. At her studio in the South of France, she is often moved by viewing the same beautiful landscapes that Monet saw. The juxtaposition of texture and color is something that she finds emotionally compelling.
Impasto can be bold or subtle. Its flexibility is one of its strengths. As Tzarev further develops her artistic vision, she plans to continue to explore the limits of this expressive technique.