Brenda Salamone was born in Tucson, AZ, but grew up in south Florida. Now in Los Angeles, her studio occupies a corner of the apartment she shares with her husband, Dean, and their seven cats. A talented artist in many disciplines,
Salamone has developed skills and gained experience in traditional painting, digital artistry, special effects makeup, and illustration. She has taught art to students ranging in age from 5 to 75, and continues to keep current in the artistic world by showing in several galleries, working in haunts and film/tv productions as a makeup artist, and illustrating children’s books.
When Salamone moved to southern California in 2001, her art became inspired by the untamed beauty of the southwest desert and the crashing waves and giant cliffs of the Pacific Ocean. She has traveled all over the world, finding locations and subjects to paint. Her favorites are the Greek Islands, especially Santorini, and her dream to travel to the Scottish Highlands to capture the wild landscapes, lochs, and standing stones of that ancient land recently came true as her honeymoon. In her current series, Salamone has been working more in abstracts, but still finds the soothing beauty of nature to be a favorite subject. Her paintings have won awards both internationally and in the United States. Her private collectors span the globe, with paintings hanging as far away as the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
While much of her earlier art is representational, mostly landscapes, her current work came about from a deepening appreciation of the artistic beauty in all nature’s forms. Her style is an abstract expression of the beauty of gemstone minerals in their natural state, before they are cut and polished to perfection. These exciting elements of the Earth are often hiding within a gray exterior of rock, and it isn’t until they escape this matrix that their true brilliance can shine. She works in both oils and pastels, using iridescent pigments and metallic leaf to emphasize the sparkle of the Earth’s treasures.
Salamone’s technique came about from examining the crystals and stones in her collection, and beginning by doing a very rough sketch on her canvas or board where she blocks in the largest color areas. She then lays in a tint of color that is the complement to the dominant colors in the stone. From there, the painting develops layer by layer. There are big, juicy swaths of color that dominate, but then the veining cuts through, forming interesting little pathways. When painting in oils or mixed media, she adds metallic leaf or powdered silver and copper to the paint before it dries, then layer more color over it. In pastels, she works iridescent pigments into the colors as the painting develops. Usually, the painting takes on an other-worldly aspect, no longer a specific stone, but a fantastic venue of color and sparkle for the eyes to explore.