Paula Somma

Ojai Lavender Field - Paula Somma

The heart behind the art

I am inspired each and every day by the beauty that surrounds me. Fascinated with the changing of light and shadows, the depth of color and reflected light, intricate patterns, textures, forms… I walk through life in awe of Creation.

Born and raised in San Clemente, California, I am so thankful my grandparents chose this beautiful part of the world to call home. This area offers a continuous source of inspiration. My paintings are in response to images that move me. And though Creation’s beauty cannot be replicated, I hope to capture and share the sense of joy, peace or awe that I feel in that moment.

I work primarily in the pastel medium, being drawn to it for its tactile nature and the way the pure color particles catch and refract light. I enjoy exploring various mark making and techniques to capture the quality of light and create texture and movement. With pastel, working with such saturated sticks of pigment, layering luscious color and creating textural interest, is a visual experience hard to match. Yet creating art in any medium is a heartfelt passion for me… the process from beginning to end is full of exploration, discovery and excitement.

I am a member of the Pastel Society of Southern California and also the San Clemente Art Association. I have studied under the instruction of Richard McKinley, Marla Baggetta, Stan Sperlak, Sally Strand, Casey Klahn and several other accomplished artists. Most important to me are the wonderful people I have met along the way… what a blessing this journey has been and it continues to be.

My work is currently shown at Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, located across the street from the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Paula Somma was a participating artist in the 2015 Rejoice in Art! Fair