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Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Petaluma, California

I am a classical still life oil painter using traditional methods of painting. Having some chemistry background I am inclined to study materials and paints from an inquisitive standpoint, such as calling the paint company to understand how different formulas mix and how it would work in painting. My finance background has greatly contributed to my obsession for precise and detailed work.

My process starts with a rendering of my subject, which I transfer to a canvas or board. From that I work starting with a grisaille to lay in my foundation, working on values, light and shadow. Layers of thin (lean) and thick (fat) colors are worked on for days, weeks and months.

My current portfolio of work is on ordinary objects that we take for granted in our daily lives. When I see an object, I am intrigued by the uniqueness of certain elements that I observe at that particular moment in time, such as the luscious ripening color of a fruit, the morning dew drops on leaves, or the mere play of light and shadow on a simple object. Nature has gifted us with uniqueness and beauty. Anything that Mother Nature has created is art, from simple lines and shapes to more ornate and abstract forms. My goal is to capture this dramatic uniqueness so that my viewers view the ordinary as something much more extraordinary.

"Art is not what you see but what you make others see."
Edgar Degas

My Artwork

Silver bowl with lid, me, orange, shell and sake cup

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Strawberries and Blueberries #3

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Silver Carafe and Lemons

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Strawberries & Blueberries #2

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Ballet Shoes #2

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Good Morning Berries

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Apple and Orange #1

Corazon Guzman-Thornton

Silver Carafe, Star Lily and Green Vase

Corazon Guzman-Thornton