Description I want you to meet another one of my new friends. This guy is chewing on a bamboo stick and folks who have seen it often comment that it looks like hes smoking.I dont think they are entirely wrong either.I was very close to my Grandfather and after a scare with mouth cancer, he switched from smoking cigars to chewing on them. Since my own father had passed away when I was only 5 years old, my grandfather stood in as my father figure and played an important role in my life when I was growing up.But there are other meanings behind why I chose a Panda at this time that I want to talk about. Panda is a soft and fuzzy animal, yet they are also strong. The panda is a symbol of gentleness and strength. The general meanings associated with this animal are:Gentle strengthPeaceGood luck, positive outlook on lifeConnection with Eastern wisdomThe symbolism of the panda also encompasses personal and spiritual qualities, such as:Integration of polarized aspects of yourself, such as feminine and masculine energiesHeart-centered energy, nurturing abilityImportance of emotionsCalm determination, ability to take time to reach your goalsImportance of private space and personal boundariesOf all these things, I find the importance of maintaining private space and personal boundaries most important to my success.Theres something about this Panda that I find relaxing. Perhaps because he's integrated with nature or maybe the yin-yang of the black and white combination- it instantly relaxes me. For this Panda painting, I imagine pulling in other zen elements like a bamboo plant - some ceramics to invoke the calmness of the pottery wheel and deep teal pillows.Where would you imagine this panda painting in your home?
Miriam Schulman, New York Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement New York artist Miriam Schulman is known for her exceptional mastery of watercolor in which she experiments both on paper and on canvas using contemporary techniques, making her art both relevant and modern to widespread audiences. Her portraits have been featured in prestigious juried exhibitions and commissioned throughout the United States, while many of her landscapes and nudes have been collected internationally.
Schulman skillfully and passionately captures the true essence and dynamics of her subjects, such as the synchronicity of musicians in concert, the closeness of siblings in family portraits, and the varied personalities of animals in her “Fish, Feathers, and Fur” collection. Vivid landscapes exemplify her expertise in color – as seen, for example, in the quaint towns and beaches of Cape Cod or the bustling streets of New York City – where impressionistic scenes can bring both enchantment and nostalgia. “Heart, soul and love are poured into these paintings,” wrote one collector, while another described the artist’s portraits as bringing “movement, depth, and contour and color well-conveyed.”
Schulman’s art has been published in The New York Times and many other regional and national publications including the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, which featured her painting of a raccoon for its cover in the September 15, 2008 issue.
In “A Brush with Life,” Scarsdale Inquirer 2007, Debra Banerjee wrote, “Whether her subject is penguins or people, it's personality that moves the paintbrush of artist Miriam Schulman. “Schulman's charming portraits, both human and animal, express individuality with both humour and dignity.” (full text of article at www.Schulmanart.com)
When not working on commissioned portraits, Schulman experiments with innovative combinations of mediums and methods. In her most recent series she uses sheet music as a collage medium on canvas mixed with watercolor. The notes from the music give the composition energy; so for example, in a floral series the notes appear as bugs buzzing over the flower whereas on a landscape of birch trees the musical notes appear as knolls on tree bark.
The artist also enjoys working with eco-friendly and recycled materials to continually explore diverse artistic dimensions and determine new and different ways to present and portray her insights and inspiration.
An artist comes full circle
For Schulman, art was a means to deal with the uprooting of her family many times during childhood after losing her father at an early age to cancer. Schulman found art to be a way to express herself during the transitional periods while helping her gain acceptance from peers. It was her fourth grade teacher who first noticed her talent, pointing out she had a special gift and encouraging her to keep creating and pursuing her art.
Schulman’s art continued to evolve, becoming a constant and significant part of her life. She studied art and art history while at Dartmouth College, where she pursed a degree in Art History with in minor in engineering. She supported herself by working in the Art History department and was also paid by the college to create different artwork to promote campus events. As a senior, her art was featured in a solo show that was funded through a joint sponsorship of student groups. Upon graduation, she received the Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Award.
Although Schulman never gave up her dream to become a professional artist, she accepted a scholarship to pursue a Masters degree at M.I.T, which led to an exciting and successful career on Wall Street. Still, she painted and took up watercolor by studying with noted watercolorists Elise Morenon, Mel Stabin and Charles Reid. In 2000, she left the financial world to pursue her passion for art full time.
A Muse in Progress
Initially, Schulman focused on portraits and the figure. She immediately won prizes for her portraits in local art competitions and her professional