The works of artist Lucinda Luvaas are vibrant and filled with real life emotions. Luvaas has no interest in recording exactly what she sees, but rather wants to convey the impressions of what she sees, wanting to craft the mood and feeling of a scene or event.

Her “Momentary Impressions” consist mostly of the hustling bustling city life scenes – crowded train stations, busy streets, people ice-skating and lovers sipping on coffee. These images, which Luvaas calls “Imprints,” are based on photographs she takes, then converts into textured paintings.

Lucinda Luvaas - cloudskaters

Cloud Skaters – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 24×24 in. | 61×61 cm.

This method of working has required many years of experimentation to perfect. It is a meticulous process that is a hybrid between painting, relief techniques and printmaking. It took much trial and error to find the right tools for each step of the process such as: sharp scapels for very intricate, delicate cuts, japanese knives, and italian sputulas of all shapes and sizes. The hard-edged look is painstakingly hard to accomplish…much can go wrong. For instance, there are many grid-like sections that are laid out on the wood panel, and they must be perfectly aligned and seamless. All of the sections must be secure while imprinting, so that the artist can produce a clean, crisp result. This can be very difficult at times, especially when the sections are delicate and fragile.

Lucinda Luvaas - fromaboveFrom Above – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 12×12 in. | 30×30 cm.

“My technical process produces pictorial effects much like impressions, imprints, fossil left overs from life. My artwork combines oil painting, acrylic, relief techniques, drawings, using graphite, ink pens, prismacolor pencils and oilbars, video, and photography.” Lucinda Luvaas explains

Lucinda Luvaas - metropolisMetropolis – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 24×24 in. | 61×61 cm.

Luvaas has an insatiable curiosity about materials and is always seeking to learn innovative ways to create a unique visual interpretation of the world. She continues to experiment and refine her techniques with this new and original approach to fine art.

Lucinda Luvaas - searchingforedenSearching For Eden – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 22×36 in. | 61×91 cm.

Lucinda Luvaas - sippingcoffeeSipping Coffee – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 12×12 in. | 30×30 cm.

Lucinda Luvaas - walkinguptownWalking Up Town – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 30×40 in. | 76×102 cm.

Heading West – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 36×48 in. | cm. 91×122

In a Forest Primeval – mixed media relief painting on wood panel, 30×40 in. | 76×102 cm.

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