"I want to paint the way the bird sings", Claude Monet

This is a favorite quote that expresses the joy of painting and the spontaneity and creativity I seek to express in my art.
I feel very fortunate to live in Colorado with its beautiful scenery, spectacular skies, and tucked-away farms and homesteads. I am most grateful for the open, unspoiled places that surround us and for the creatures that inhabit them.
 I work in oil, pastel, and on silk, enjoying the bright, vivid colors and textures these mediums provide. I think working in different mediums keeps my art fresh and exciting.

Light and the way it affects color are what draws me to a particular subject in most instances. Sometimes, however, it can be a particular mood, such as the peaceful tranquility of a mountain meadow, the energy of a windswept sky, or the innocence and resilience of a small bird.

You can see more paintings and silk scarves on my web site www.astridpaustian.com; and at several galleries, including the Art Center of Estes Park and the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery.