Artist Statement     “I am obsessed with shadows and their relationship to light. My work is a translation of everyday scenes and objects using color, light and form. I work from life or in my studio using my photographs as a guide. Once I capture the essence of a painting, I abandon the actual image and create from within to develop an abstracted painting the viewer can identify with. I feel privileged to be able to paint and show my work.”

Artist Statement

“I am obsessed with shadows and their relationship to light. My work is a translation of everyday scenes and objects using color, light and form. I work from life or in my studio using my photographs as a guide. Once I capture the essence of a painting, I abandon the actual image and create from within to develop an abstracted painting the viewer can identify with. I feel privileged to be able to paint and show my work.”

 

Dale Najarian received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and worked for over fifteen years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director at
various advertising agencies in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Dale’s new Shadow Series merges the realistic quality of a photograph with the abstract translation of a scene, to depict a dreamlike painting that draws you in. She is fascinated by the perspective that shadows create, and uses people’s movements to capture the ever changing relationship between dark and light.

Dale began painting in watercolor in 1990 and over the years experimented with other mediums including acrylics, mixed media, and oils.  She has a passion for photography and documenting her experiences is a huge part of her creative process. Dale's photographs taken during her travels are a source of inspiration for many of her paintings. She recently spent an extended period of time in Switzerland, Austria and Italy photographing and documenting life in the city and mountains. In 2008 she relocated with her family to Singapore for several years and traveled throughout South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and China and found the light and textures of Asia interesting and palpable. Her Koi series is inspired by traditional Chinese brush painting that she studied under a Master Calligrapher while in Singapore.

Dale is an advocate and passionate about giving back to her community. She currently serves on the Oversight Committee of the Artist Collective of Westport.
She is Project Manager for #UNLOADusa.org, using the arts and education to drive engagement and broaden the coalition of people fighting to end gun violence. She is an active member of the Greenwich Arts Council and the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Dale served on the Executive and General Board at the Westport Arts Center from 2008-2016 and served on their Visual Arts and Education Committees while volunteering as a teaching artist at Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center. 

Dale paints in her studio in Southern Connecticut and shows her work in curated gallery exhibitions and juried shows.