Transformation. Movement. Flow . . . and the energy within. The energy that exists in the visible, and the invisible as thought: its effect on us, and how we affect it down to the quantum level. The pieces I create speak to hope, change, enlightenment, transforming and becoming better, weathering the storms and learning to swim within the chaos.
The ideas and feelings I am driven to express currently are more suited to the atmospheric possibilities of paint than the immediate tactility of metal. Expressing the ephemeral in a more visual way reflects the emotions that flow through my hands to the canvas. I can get the brushes and paint to mirror unseen thought as opposed to the metal showing literal movement. I respond to the nebulous, the intuitive as it flows through me. Painting allows me to escape the physical.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Ostenak’s creative focus is ever-expanding. Internationally awarded, published, and exhibited, her professional art career spans 25+ years primarily as a metalsmith working in steel and silver creating sculptures: decorative, functional, and wearable as art jewelry. Her creative focus is now painting. She works with private clients, interior designers, and art consultants, designing and creating art for them to live with and love.
Membership: Visual Artist Association
Deeply concerned with the challenges facing humanity regarding water, deforestation, and food sourcing, Ostenak has committed to donating 3% of all sales divided equally among three different agencies: Ocean Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, and Project Apis m which protects bees and their habitat.
I am visually inspired by the rich colors of oceans, forests, and flowers . . . by the perfect curve in the shape of a wave, the winding tendrils of vines and how they connect to everything around them. I am intrigued by Space visually and metaphorically. Images from the Hubble telescope utilizing UV and IR filters show us billions of galaxies and richly colored nebulae. Though separated by incomprehensible distances, they are the light within the darkness. Together, these create the balance in my life.
Currently I am exploring six series: Conversations with the Stillness, Embracing Shadow, Listening to Water, Missing Hawaii, Emergent, and Illumination. Each has a philosophical approach building on the concepts of the previous one. They are my path of transformation to a place of contentment and understanding, of soul’s peace. A path that I offer to others to take as well.
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