Cori Solomon, Los Angeles Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement After graduating California State University Northridge with a degree in art and knowing the difficulties of earning a living in this field, I put my creative side on hold and chose a career in Real Estate. Twenty-three years later, I began to write short stories about salukis, the breed of dog I share my life with. I decided it might be fun to illustrate these stories.
Following two years of studies at Brentwood Art Center School of Fine Art in Los Angeles and finding I loved working in the pastel medium, I began sketching my salukis. Then in the summer of 2001 my sister died. With the impact of her death I discovered that my breakthrough in artistic expression and experimentation was through the drawing of animals. This new insight enabled me to go beyond the mechanics and capture on paper the essence of the animal.
I have begun experimenting with a new medium, monotypes. In these works my artist expression is more fluid and loose. Employing brighter colors in these works has also added a new dimension to my art.
I share my life with my husband Ken and daughter Torie. We are owned by four salukis; Gabi, Lexi and Rosi and two cats, Albee and Ollie. Our door is always open to Keli, who is Gabi’s mother. She lives nearby with my mother.