For me, the challenge in painting comes when the viewer sees something beyond the surface of the subject matter. The successful execution of techniques in a painting is only a matter of practice. The real challenge is to bring out what is beyond the surface, whether it is the feeling or the character. Once it is discovered and unearthed from the depth of the surface, then the painting is complete.
The same theory applies to the viewer. Some see the surface and others see the depth. Once one discovers the depth that is when the love for a piece of art begins.
I grow with my art, keeping my horizons open and exciting, challenging my creativity. My purpose and aim is to be able to have a visual language interaction with the viewer, capturing their lingering thoughts. It is my hope that this spark of life within the created forms will provoke inquiry into the realms of emotion and intellect. If I am able to achieve just this fact, then I see the painting as a successful work.
Born in Azerbaijan, Iran, Jaleh was educated in England, obtaining a BS and an MS degree in Advance Medical Laboratory Technology specializing in Electron Microscopy and working in Cancer Research for eight years. Since 1970, Jaleh Etemad has resided in the United States. In 1986, she received a Degree in Fine Arts from California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. Her work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. in Bay Area galleries as well as in Hawaii and New Mexico. She has been the recipient of several awards and has exhibited internationally in Paris, Stockholm, Oslo, Rome and Beijing. She is published in the following books: "International Women Artists," Vol. 1, 1997, and Vol. 2, 2001 by Alliance of Women Artists; "100 Contemporary Artists" by Art Addiction-World of Art Books, 2003; "The Art of Layering: Making Connections," by The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, Vol. 1, 2004; "Process & Projects," by Alliance of Women Artists, Vol. 3, 2010; "Visual Journeys: Art in the 21st Century," by The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, Vol. 3, 2010; and "Unique Insights," by The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, 2016, for which she also co-edited. President of SLMM since 2013, she was The Artist Laureate of Tiburon from 2012-16.