We had the good fortune of connecting with Marina Fernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marina, what makes you happy? Why?
I am happiest wandering barefoot through my garden, designing my flower beds, picking from my vegetable patch, and being hands deep in the Earth. I dedicate most of my time to my family and to long chats with good friends over a cup of tea. I enjoy the solitude that my studio offers, sitting in front of a blank canvas ready to take on a new journey paintbrush in hand, and my music playing in the background. I am happiest exploring new places, uncovering charming small-town streets, walking on the sand by the ocean or discovering an untraveled mountain trail.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My style is geometric abstraction. I work primarily in acrylic and mixed media on linen and canvas. My artistic work is intimately related to my life’s journey, from my origins in a rural town of Argentina, to my present life in Texas. My work reflects my feelings and experiences gathered throughout an itinerant life that crosses cultures, languages, and ideologies, having lived in Asia for over fifteen years. In addition, my technical training as an engineer and my passion for mathematics and for geometry remains at the core of my perception. They are tied to my being and enlighten the depths of my creative process. My work results in a balance of structural lines, planes, and the ambiguity of transparencies. Simultaneously wild and contained, the paintings derive from an abstraction of spaces surrounding me expressed in their utmost geometric essence. Resembling my life as a migrant, my brushstrokes drift and flow revealing various emotional dimensions. My intention is for the viewer to participate in a dance, exploring multiple planes and angles, guided by their own intuition. Every person is unique and that is the beauty of art. Each person finds a different way to express themselves, their genuine and personal reflection of their inner self, which sets them apart from the rest. I am fortunate that my journey has been smooth so far. I take the opportunities that my life offers, living through different countries, passionately studying, and actively learning whenever I can. I have found a community of inspiring teachers and fellow artists, at the Glassed School of Art, who share this passion with me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A few spots that I would recommend to a friend visiting the city for a weekend include: Restaurants: Kata Robata, Tiny Boxwoods, Oporto, and MAD Art: The Museum of Fine Arts, The Menil Collection, and James Turrell’s Skyspace Nature: Bayou Bend, Botanical Gardens, and Herman Park Neighborhoods: The Heights, Montrose, and Old Town Spring Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been shaped by all of those who have crossed my path. I owe my perseverance and determination to my parents. Curiosity and inspiration to Mother Earth. Resilience and determination to my husband and the life we have shared. Love, compassion, patience, and gratitude to my children. Admiration to my teachers and colleagues who share my passion. And I owe loyalty and trust to all the friends I have made along this journey.

Website: https://www.marinafernandezarte.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marinafernandezarte/

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