Oil paintings by Camille Engel (b. 1955) extol the splendor the artist sees in everyday objects. Revealing a life captivated by detail, her intricate works focus attention upon the lush colors and textures found in some of the most unheralded subjects while reflecting the artist’s victory over personal hardships.
An acute observer of detail, of the minutiae often overlooked by many, Engel is amazed and fascinated with light play, color and texture, seeking to capture the richness of life. Each oil painting invites viewers to momentarily step into her world and share in her joy of the simple things, and experience the transcendent beauty all around us.
With a dedication to creating sumptuous visual intricacies, Engel revels in the painstaking details. Her expertise is in the creating of intrinsic texture, depth and color that evoke emotion and captivate the viewer.
What inspires Engel the most is not a singular cultural message, nor even the master painters she admires, but rather her core beliefs. “For me,” Engel explains, “every morning is a fresh opportunity to find extraordinary joy in the most ordinary things. My art overflows out of that joy.”