I am an illustrator and a fine artist. I work mostly in oils and/or digital media. My website is tessaguze.com.
As an artist, I am inspired by other living creatures and the many varying ways they live in and perceive the world. I choose to paint subjects to which I have a deep emotional response, whether that response is to feel happy or sad, frightened or comforted. I always sympathize with the underdog, the downtrodden, and the undervalued. I am driven to learn about different cultures and ways of life and my work reflects this. I intend my paintings to help viewers understand and accept people and creatures who seem different from themselves.
I want my work to speak to people directly. To this end I strive to bring my subjects to life in such a way that they are immediately comprehensible and the viewer has an opportunity to find some common ground with them.
I paint mostly in oil because of the rich complexity of the medium and the variety of techniques it makes possible. These allow me to represent a recognizable natural world, while increasing the interest and emotional impact of the painting with brush strokes, textures and glazes. My hope is that my work can communicate with as wide a range of people as possible, reaching across differences in culture, age, knowledge and personality.
I believe the most important thing a work of art can do it communicate with people.