Silvia Grandela’s paintings start with the shapes she finds in nature, but while she says that landscapes are her “favorite and recurrent subject,” she does not merely record the world that she sees. Instead, she envelops her scenes of forests and skies in soft, hazy fields of color, giving them a distinctive, dreamlike aura. The artist says that she travels inside herself when working on her canvases, and that idea of an internal world adds a quiet power to her paintings, placing them at what she calls “the edge of abstraction and realism.”
Grandela uses oils, acrylics and enamel in her densely textured images. Noting the ability of oils to let her recreate the effects of light and shadow, she employs that ability to give her canvases a strong sense of depth and dimension. In addition, she expertly balances a varied color palette, juxtaposing bright and muted shades to give each image a dynamic flow. The resulting works capture nature’s essence, but also fulfill the artist’s goal of transmitting a feeling of mysticism to the viewer.