Peace and Harmony in Paintings by Latvian Artist Vera Bondare

Vera Bondare from Riga is a multitalented artist, portraitist and illustrator of children's books. In 2005 Vera started to practice classical drawing in Ludmila Peret’s artist studio, a teacher who inspired her and influenced her decision to become an artist.

I am very interested in emphasizing the inner world of a person, the chords of one’s soul, and the way life touches and influences it. The principles of classical art are the basis of my work. I use laconic compositions and I do not overwhelm it with details to allow the main idea to be more perceivable by the viewer. I think the most important thing in painting is portrayal of the light. Light is something non-material, that comes solely from within, vague and very subjective. Light can expose a bouquet of feelings.

I create the form of my subject using chiaroscuro with large brush strokes. I paint from nature, because I believe true beauty exists simply. I try to express the peace and harmony in my paintings through that simplicity.

I am inspired by impressionism and fauvism, as well as expressionism. Favorite artists include Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, and other artists from the end of 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

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