Monika am a self-taught artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She paints with acrylic and inks on traditional surfaces such as canvas and paper. Painting infuses timelessness and community into her daily life and it’s her goal to create art that resonates with others. Monika wants her work to serve as a connecting point, bringing people and ideas together. Her process involves a harmony of deliberate intention and impulsive use of color. Abstract, earth toned horizons reflect what calls to and inspires her constantly, the surrounding landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. She can’t invent the beauty that already exists in nature, so with gestural layers of texture, she works to renew it. Approaching familiar landscapes with abstraction is an effort to capture the spirit and character of a setting rather than the fine detail.