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A Cool Cactus

Paula Martino
Ugallery 5345196313 UGallery

Acrylic paint, and collage on Wood New

Finished black edges

Varnished and Ready to hang


Signed on front and back


12" h x 12" w x .25" d |1 lbs. 1 oz.

In stock $375



Artist Paula Martino takes inspiration from a large cactus thriving in a field of scrubland. A crooked tree stands before a rough terrain joined by uneven fencing. An expanse of fresh greenery spills onto the distance and into the foot of a dark range of hills. "The color palette of purple, yellow ochre, bright green, and black make for an intriguing setting that compels a second look," says Paula. "The second look invites the viewer to step into this overgrown tract of land to see what's going on there. There is texture from the collage as well as added visual texture from the stenciling."

Paula Martino

North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Artist Paula Martino paints impressionist scenes, especially of places with water. “They reflect the energy and emotions I feel when I see a compelling locale I visit,” says Paula. Using various tools, she applies thick layers of color with oil or acrylic paint and sometimes uses stencil work. With her palette knife technique, she unveils strands of lighter hues amidst her dominantly saturated palette, creating a semi-abstract element. Paula worked as a CPA for thirty-five years running her own tax practice while raising three children, with one having Down Syndrome. All the while pursuing art part-time in a studio her husband built for her in their basement. After retiring in 2020, she decided to pursue her art practice fully, studying in earnest with nationally recognized colorists, portrait artists, and landscape painters. “The experiences of caregiving and tax prep forced me to be very conscientious and organized with my time and efforts. I needed to be so completely organized for so long that it is a relief to be a little messy in my studio.”

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