I infuse my artwork with conscious and unconscious symbols culled from my upbringing in the lush beauty of the Caribbean and my experience as a woman. My mission is to create a dialog by inviting the observer to unite with a piece and discover his or her own personal meaning. I feel I have succeeded when the viewer makes this connection, and we can both claim the piece as our own.
Prior to discovering digital drawing in 1988, I studied traditional media in her native Caracas and California, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. My first digital project was a children's book, La Bicicleta de Nubes, published in 1995. Today, my work appears in numerous Internet galleries and has been featured in magazine and book publications such as Design Graphics, Agosto, Digital Output, IDEA, EFX, Mastering Digital Printing: The Photographer's and Artist's Guide to High-Quality, Digital Output (Cincinnati: Muska & Lipman, 2002), and Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artists (Wiley Publishing Inc, 2002) My work has been shown at the 2000 and 2002 MacWorldExpo Digital Art contest, and has also been selected for shows such as the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, California, and the "Digitally propelled Ideas" exhibited, curated by Jack Duganne.
Software and creative process
All the images submitted followed the same workflow, which can be summarized as follows:
Breakfast in Laguna
Sarah and the Moon
Ileana Frómeta Grillo
120 Wave Street
Laguna Beach, California, 92651