Zola is an artist and curator who grew up in the beautiful wild rose country with big skies, far horizons and fabulous thunderstorms, close by the Rocky Mountains. The beauty of the natural world informs all of her work. Her focus presently is on atmospheric intuitive landscape paintings.
Utilizing a meditative painting technique which allows a person to achieve an altered state while painting, images are drawn from the right hemisphere of the brain. When successful the paintings paint themselves, with hours passing like minutes. Many of the images are depicted from the point of view of a flower, if flowers could see or of an insect or bird. Often in this way perspectives are unusual and engaging. Zola’s landscapes are enhanced through adding small subtle photographic elements into the paintings adding a tiny pop of surrealism; for example birds or small insects.She enjoys this form of surrealism, with its elements of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions, non sequitur and whimsy.
Other favorite subjects include flowers as they are so diverse like people. They often stand in as references for people and community. Zola explores the idea that intelligence is inherent in the universe and all things, including a sense of reverence coupled with spirituality. Quantum physics shows that the elements that make everything are all one. Paintings are often coupled with inspiring and uplifting quotes that fit each work adding an extra element of meaning and depth. There is an exclusive focus on positive imagery that is peaceful, meditative and bright.
“Nature is my contemplative space, I find stillness in its simplicity. I create because I must, or go mad. My goal as an artist is to bring people joy through creating work that is beautiful, peaceful and beneficial to the spirit.”