Shary Koenig, Phila. Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I am an artist. I was born an artist. I move through my days as an artist. It is my gift. It is what I am naturally. It is all I am. My paintings are imagined. I paint by memory of things I've seen and in combination with seeing and feeling. I am in a state of concentration during my painting time. It is when I am in the deepest concentration (almost a trance) that I achieve my best work. The feeling or sensation I have when I'm painting is a charged feeling; it is what I imagine a cosmic message would feel like. The message comes flowing into my brain and travels through me and out my arm onto the canvas. It is when I'm out of this train of consciousness that I often struggle with my brush and paint. My work is feminine, soft, detailed, beautiful (hopefully), impressionistic and traditional in the sense of having recognizable forms. My studio is my happy place where natural light floods in and influences my view on the world both literally and metaphorically. Being an artist has made me different from other people and it has taken me more than several adult years to grow comfortable in my skin. But now that I'm there I revel in the way I see beauty; I'm thankful for my gifts and I wish to share my paintings with you in hopes that they will be uplifting in a world that still has not figured out how to put an end to war.