This painting was done from an older drawing done at my sketching class where we worked from live models. Carmen was our only Latina who posed for us and I like juxtaposing her dark skin against the cobalt patterning of the cloth. I relocated her in a different setting and incorporated elements inspired by Matisse, an ongoing influence. This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Dixie Salazar

Carmen on Cobalt

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

26" h x 30" w x 1" d
4 lbs. 3 oz.



Dixie Salazar
Fresno, California

Getting to Know Dixie

Dixie is a writer of poetry and fiction, and her imaginative narratives come to life in her energetic paintings. The imagery in Dixie’s work unites characters, themes, and settings in a unique and sometimes surprising manner. Multiple yet simultaneous storylines and time periods converge in these jovial paintings. Dixie’s work has a vibrant patchwork quality shaped by her fascination with collage and found materials. The strong influence of Pierre Bonnard, one of Dixie’s favorite artists, also has a visible impact on her stylistic choices. Articulating patterns and surfaces with dream-like layers, Dixie conveys movement, feeling, and time in her eclectic work.