Olga Calado painting in the gardens of the palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain
My paintings bring about an awareness of nature as a living and fragile force. I have a vision to keep the beauty of nature alive and show this in my work. Wherever I am, the natural environment is what inspires me. I want to recreate this inspiration in the atmosphere of my paintings.
I use the techniques of the Old Masters in my canvases. These techniques offer many possibilities to express our natural world. Developed over the centuries, we have inherited a great legacy of artisanal knowledge for the elaborate development of works of art.
The techniques of the Old Masters teach us, among other things, to use different layers to create the atmosphere, recreate those colours that are not primary, as well as to differentiate volumes and shadows.
The practice of art is a process, a journey. The process of its realization is not hidden in the work of art, but, is an aspect of the complete work. Similarly, my evolution as an artist flows with the intention of mastering this artistic legacy to create beautiful works of art.
The idea of using the techniques of the Old Masters is relevant to the contemporary concept of “nature and fragility”, in the sense that it is as valid to use technological development to defend this idea as the use of the best artistic traditions, since nature is neither present nor past.