ABOUT THIS PAINTING This painting takes for subject matter an olive tree from the region of Umbria in Italy. Portrayed in the center of the composition, the tree and its tentacular branches expand dynamically out of the frame. The bright light piercing through the branches, the vivid blue flowers in the grass and the colorful shadows cast by the trees below them offer a lively portrait of this emblematic tree. The warm blues and cool greens alternate to bring the scene to life in a nearly abstract manner. The thick dabs of paint and energetic strokes create a sense of strength and movement. Painted in allaprima Plein Air technique, the artist focused on general shapes and values and applied quick strokes onto wet surfaces to capture the brevity of the moment and spontaneity of the impression of the landscape onto the viewer. The intimate size of the canvas, stretched onto a panel convey a sense of nostalgic souvenir or a precious memory that the artist sought to materialize. DETAILS TITLE: Olive Trees ARTIST: Carole Nataf (myself) SIZE: 28 x 20 cm SHIPPING: FREE US Shipping. Ships worldwide SHIPPING TIME: 3-5 business days. TYPE: Original Oil Painting by Carole Nataf VISIT MY SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulettaArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu VISIT MY WEBSITE: www.carolenataf.com FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: @carole.nataf.art ABOUT THE ARTIST Carole Nataf is an experienced London-based artist who was born in France. She has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S., Paris and London (Mall Galleries, London; Kingston Gallery, Boston; etc.) and her work is represented in dozens of private collections and publications. She holds degrees in Philosophy from La Sorbonne (B.A.) and History of Art (M.A.) from the Courtauld Institute where she is currently undertaking a PhD in HIstory of Art. While studying art privately in Paris, NYC, San Francisco and Boston, she was naturally drawn to painting outdoors and from life, immersed in the heart of her subjects. Influenced by the French impressionists and inspired by contemporary culture, the world she depicts is soft and colorful. Carole’s more recent work explores contemporary visual culture and the effects of social media, iphone photography and digital culture on representation. Adopting high exposure, saturated colors and distorted angles, her recent portraits express the ambiguity of self-presentation in the digital age.