"My style is bold, colorful, impressionistic, and energetic", says Madina. "I am intrigued by backlighting, and I try to capture the way the sun illuminates things. I use palette knife imposto in combination with transparent brushwork, on Belgian linen canvases. My collectors tell me my paintings feel three-dimensional."
Madina paints "en plein air", (meaning in fresh air, on location) and loves it. "It has taught me so much," she says. "Always a challenge, I believe there is no substitute for painting from life. I also have a fabulous garden which I am always painting from."
"I love to paint water, flowers, and the changing seasons, as these help me to feel connected with our earth and to be grounded. I think in painting, as in life, there is ever more to learn and it just keeps expanding."
Most of my large landscapes are done from smaller plein air studies, so I can feel and transmit the emotional essence of the place: the time of day, season, and mood. I paint my flowers from life. I hope to keep painting for at least as long as my grandmother did!"