About

 

Hello, my name is SAVANNA ELISE MARTINEAU.

IF YOU'RE READING THIS, you are looking to get to know a little about me. Unfortunately, I am not a novelist. I am not great with expressing myself through literacy. I struggle with telling people how I feel and what I feel. But I do feel. Emotion is a big part of my life - it fuels me, and it drives my art. The best way to truly know me is to view my art and interpret it for what it is - my emotions put to canvas. 

I hope we can share some sentiments through my art. I hope you can understand me, my love, my hurt, my frustration - my art. 

The boring but sometimes interesting stuff: I am a Utah-native, born to have the mountain wind in my hair and the sun on my face. I'm in my 30s (ugh), love my family, and have a natural affinity for the medical world.

My Process:

Much of my art is an internalization of the Utah landscape. Each color resonates an emotion, sometimes if only a fragmented emotion. Although some colors burn stronger and clearer than others, each contribute to the canvas as a whole. Just as no one memory can be reduced down to a single emotion, each piece expresses an array of thoughts, feelings, and experiences - layers of what makes a memory memorable. 

I try to capture the soul of nature to create something familiar but somehow hidden, to allow the viewer to discover their own connection. 

I have never been very good at pre-sketching. In fact my art is very rarely preplanned. I have an idea, a visual inspiration, so I find the colors that speak to me and paint. Sometimes I guide the canvas's emotion and sometimes it guides mine. 

Inspiration:

Family is important to me. My late grandmother, Elise, left me her studio and her name. She put the first paint brush in my hand and instilled a love of nature within me. Her loving encouragement has always guided my brush.

I feel the most powerful urge to paint from experiencing nature, traveling and those fresh air smells.  Artists I seek to understand: Claude Monte, Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keefe, and Willem de Kooning.

I hope you can really learn more about me through my art. Feel free to let me know any way that, perhaps, I have connected with someone through expressing myself on canvas. 

Much Love, 

S