Artist Statement of PAULETTE LAGANA
Painting is the exterior expression of my inner life. I’m inspired by my life’s adventures, by the seasons, by my own sense of wonder and whimsy, and by being open to the stimulation of my surroundings. For me, painting was a secret place in my heart that I was afraid to enter for most of my life. Then in 2000, I decided that I would explore that place. I found a teacher and my life changed with the tip of a brush. Painting is the place where I find endless possibilities to see the world [inner and outer] and to express myself, be it in watercolor, colored pencil, drawing, or collage. Although my working life is in retirement, my creative life is renewed, revisited, and revealed through painting.
Bay Area artist Paulette Lagana was born in New York City and, in 1982, moved to California. She began her studies in watercolor painting in Provence, France . An avid globe-trotter, travel changed her world view but painting gave her adventures color, texture, and light.
As a Certified Instructor of “Pocket Sketching”, Paulette is teaching workshops at several SF Bay Area art centers. “Pocket Sketching is a compact and portable pen/watercolor technique which is easy to learn and quick to complete an image in under 25 minutes. No experience needed. [Technique was created by Kath Macaulay.] With Pocket Sketching, the world is your studio.
Presently, original artwork, matted prints, and frame-able greeting cards are on exhibit in several East Bay galleries.
Currently, she is an active member of the Art Guild of the Delta [AGD], California Watercolor Association [CWA], Colored Pencil Society [CPS], Pleasanton Art League [PAL], Livermore Art Association [LAA], Tracy Art League [TAL], Pacific Art League, Art Trax/Creative Pittsburg, Mendocino Art Center [MAC], Arts Benicia, Concord Art Association, and is Program Director of the Alamo Danville Artists’ Society [ADAS]. Website: www.LaganaFineArts.com or on Facebook: LaganaFineArts.