February 2018 at Telluride Arts HQ

Lara Branca is creating a series of abstract expressionist paintings focusing on the equine form. The work focuses on the feeling of the horse's form in movement, in life. The paintings have rhythmic gesture as a foundation. The work references natural light, settings, and color but connect with the subconscious mind. They evoke emotion, motion and empathy. "The paintings focus on the idea of the horses moving in the landscape, seen through my feeling for the animals and their environment, which is a product of my experiences with them on the ground."

Lara Branca is a native Coloradoan, born in Denver in 1975. Her school-year, city upbringing was contrasted by summers spent at Girl Scout camp, where she developed a deep and abiding love for wilderness, the land, and horses. Her life has been shaped by a thirst for traveling and living in wild places, as well as for interpreting these experiences through dance and visual art. Lara received her BA degree in Painting with Honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO in 2006, and earned a MFA degree in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2016. She currently lives and works in deep rural SW Colorado, where she pursues painting in-situ landscapes and horses. Her current series fuses the elements of landscape and equine form into large scale abstracted equine oil paintings. In 2017-18, she is showing at Zenish Yoga Telluride and at the Telluride Arts HQ Gallery.

Learn more at www.larabranca.com

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