Luciana Navarro Powell
Early years, primary, stories & fairytales, nature, black & white
I am originally from Brazil and moved to the United States in 2002. Drawing was a favorite past time of my childhood. My father would bring stacks of printed sheets from work and I would draw on the other side – my parents say there wasn’t a stack of paper high enough for my drawing appetite! The bright spirit and cheerfulness of my home country I believe are an influence still visible in my work today.
I graduated with a degree in Product Design and worked as a product and graphic designer for a few years, but I was always drawing and taking freelance illustration projects on the side. Watercolor and acrylic paints were the media I used at the beginning of my career, but I eventually settled with the digital brush – I love the freedom that comes with digital art, and all the possibilities of experimentation with different textures. Nowadays my style can be described as mixed media: I make paint stains, ink markings, mix them with photographs and scanned objects, all together in a melting digital pot.