Artist Anna Valdez pulls items collected from her global travels and inspiration from her background in anthropology to lay the foundation for her still lifes. Photographs, family recipes, horticulture, books, hand crafted objects, rugs and personal mementos are layered into frame, resulting in beautiful, dynamic compositions that give a bit of insight into the artist herself. I love how her work just emanates joy and vibrancy but with a comforting sense of realness.

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(original Anna Valdez paintings available at Tappan Collective)