Chanisa Arthachinda, Lawrence, Kansas Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement I am an educator who has always dreamed of painting and drawing for a living. I have tried several mediums such as acrylic, gouache, and water color, and almost gave up. Then one night I had a dream that a wise woman came to me and pointed at my face while saying, "You are a Greek painter", she described my works in a language I didn't understand. These words sounded like - La Beau. I was aware at the time that this was all a dream, I asked her what the subject of my artwork should be and what medium should I use. She showed me uncountable portrait paintings in a sepia medium. I looked at them, and perceived them to be my own, even though in reality didn't know how to paint. As she put this muddy sepia medium in my palm, I could feel its stickiness and consistency. Along with this sticky medium followed a strange looking paintbrush, that I was not familiar with at all.
The following morning, as I was working in my home office, I spilled some espresso on my desk and did not notice nor clean it up right away. Later that day, upon leaning onto my desk I accidentally dipped my hand into what was now a dried up puddle of espresso, I had a flashback of my dream and the sepia medium I had felt. The espresso had dried into an oily consistency identical to what I felt in my dream. In a burst, I rushed to my espresso machine and brewed some espresso that was so thick and of the same consistency that I had dreamed, I even went further to also grab a paint brush and cut it into the odd shape that I had seen the night before. Since then, I have been painting with my "dream medium". My first piece was "The Wise Woman"- the same woman who appeared to me in my dreams that night. Over one night's sleep, I had transformed into an espresso artist. I continue to paint on a daily basis and have expanded my skills into other mediums such as graphite and prisma. My main subject of interest and passion is the face of all ages, races and genders. Everyone on the surface of this earth is the source of my passion and each and everyone's beauty inspires me! Read more about me at: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/may/07/grinding_it_out/