The one blessing in this extraordinary time is the mental space for reflection. I am grateful to find direction and meaningful work amid all the chaos beyond our control. Frequent walks around Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, WA have inspired this series of paintings, Marina Reflections. I am attracted to the reflections of pleasure boats and fishers moored in the marina. They inspire my abstract compositions. My interest is purely visual, but the metaphorical content is not lost on me. Despite the ongoing uncertainty, there is hope. Our resilience lifts us to create—to enjoy art, music, poetry, and all that enriches our lives. These are my roses.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mira Kamada is a contemporary painter living in Bellingham, WA. Kamada’s fascination with painting started early when she began to study traditional oil painting. Growing up in New Jersey she frequented art museums and galleries in Manhattan. The landmark exhibition, “New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970” at the Met, featuring the Abstract Expressionists, was a pivotal event in her artistic awakening.
While completing graduate studies in painting under June Kilgore at Marshall University, Kamada taught art in West Virginia. On a break from teaching she moved to California, finding work as a graphic designer for a small book publisher and a daily newspaper. In 1994 she opened a graphic design studio in Monterey, balancing a busy design studio with painting. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004 to focus on fine art.
Kamada’s work has been exhibited across the US and in British Columbia. Her paintings are in private and public collections, and have appeared in films.
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