Crystal Villegas

IL, USA | Oil

Artist Statement

Life is meditation through balancing movement and stillness. My highest work is to stay open to the messages life sends me, and then translate them with paint. It is with oil paints I feel I can depict the complexity of my chosen subjects in surrealist style. I choose to paint on wood surfaces that I prime specifically to receive oil paint, for the smoothness and sturdiness of wood adds to my visceral experience of painting, and creates a rich, realistic result.

Mother Daughter, Oil on hardboard, 61 x 40.6 cm
When a Child Cares for Themself, Oil on hardboard, 81.3 x 60.1 cm
Momentos de Respeto, Oil on birch wood, 61 x 96.5 cm