Alina Deutsch, Houston, TX Member Since September 2009 Artist Statement Alina Deutsch was born in Bucharest, Romania and has lived in the United States for the last 40 years, mostly in Westchester County, New York. In addition to being both a successful electrical engineer and a cookbook translator and publisher, she enjoys painting and multi-media crafts. In this, she has been inspired by her mother, Estera Rogers, now 88, who has created beautiful oil paintings for many years. Both women have followed in the footsteps of their relative, Klein Hanni, who painted in her native town of Deva, in Transylvania, throughout her life. Alina has been creative for over 35 years but 2009 has given her a new impetus. She retired from her engineering career and found new solace in her art. Suddenly she felt re-energized and confident, as if reconnecting with an old friend, her love of painting. She is now devoting her full-time to creative pursuits.
Alina has painted with acrylic on canvas and large straw mats, created large wall-hangings made of felt on canvas, and built various Styrofoam and wire constructions. She is a self-taught artist that has visited major museums around the world, countless art galleries, and artist studios. She has also taken numerous art history classes. She is a member of the Katonah Museum Artists' Association and has participated in their Open Studio weekend in May 2010. She has exhibited at the Mt. Kisco Public Library during June, 2010, at a group show at the Katonah Public Library during November 2010, and will have a show at the Chappaqua Public Library in 2011. She currently focuses on commissioned work.
She considers herself a contemporary impressionist with a strong preference for pointillism. However, she always keeps the figurative undertone even in her abstract pieces. Alina was inspired by the brilliant spring and fall colors of her Westchester residence where she lived for over 35 years, with its rich foliage and rolling hills, more currently by the Texas Hill Country, as well as the many wonderful places she traveled around the world. She was also fascinated with the fragile and diverse ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef that is in danger due to natural and environmental effects. Currently, after moving to Houston, Texas, she started focusing on the vibrant energy of the distant galaxies and nebulae images captured by the Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer telescopes. This new interest is rooted in her teenage fascination with astronomy. Alina started her departure from impressionism with the Coral Reef paintings and used the galactic images to transition to an abstract expressionist style. In all her work, she continues to explore the hidden beauty in the natural environment and considers many of her creations to be allegories of the hidden treasures that life can offer us everyday.
A virtual tour of all her work can be found at: http://sites.google.com/site/alinaartgallery/home
Alina Deutsch is represented by Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ: