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 have inspired my newest series of paintings, Marina Reflections. 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, and to enjoy art, music, poetry and all that is still available to enrich our lives.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mira Kamada is a contemporary painter living in Bellingham, WA. Her current oil and acrylic paintings explore abstract forms drawn from nature. Kamada’s fascination with painting started early when she began to study traditional oil painting. Growing up in New Jersey she also 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 artist 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. In 2004 she moved to the Pacific Northwest to focus on fine art. Kamada’s work has been exhibited across the US and in British Columbia. Her paintings are in both private and public collections, and have appeared in films.
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