By Eva Barrows
Paintings by Bay Area artist Charlotte Coqui line Midpen Media Center’s studio wall through December. In her early career, Charlotte worked in graphic design and created illustrations for Stanford researchers. During that time she took fine art classes and learned painting and figure sculpting.
On display is one of the paintings from her feature show held at Gallery House in Palo Alto, a self-portrait titled “Channeling Picasso.” Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait style, Charlotte painted herself amongst houseplants and her beloved dogs. The painting is done in acrylics and uses calming earth imagery.
Another painting on display, “The Joy Ride” evokes a sense of lost balance in its swirling lines and grounding points of orange blocks. The painting is abstract expressionism, using acrylic paint applied with fingers, brushes and a piece of scrap plastic.
Find out more about Charlotte Coqui and her work here.