"Coming Home" Oil 42" x 28"
Take a Hike!
How much can one learn about an artist by looking at her work? A review of painter Roxana Sinex’s latest pieces reveals a great deal about the ebullient artist’s life and passions. Mountain streams rushing over rocks, trees, wildflowers, and wilderness trails disappearing into the distance fill abandoned window sashes. The paintings spring to life as squirrels, chipmunks, deer and even an occasional person populates the landscape. Each scene conveys a sense of peace and inner renewal, while simultaneously portraying a feeling of whimsy as occasional chipmunks or other small animals sit on a mullion or crawl out of the paintings. Sinex’s sensitive use of nature’s colors and strong compositional elements convey the intense beauty the artist sees in the world around her. Her paintings invite the viewer on a journey right into them, to walk down those mountain trails and explore a world that lies far from the hustle of everyday life.
In Junior High, despite the fact that Sinex won the yearbook cover design contest, she developed a distaste for public school art class. They were teaching how to draw and Sinex soon grew bored and restless at the lack of challenge. At that point, Sinex decided that learning art in class was not what she wanted to do. She wanted to draw what interested her, which was primarily people, so that's what she did with a passion. This continued through high school where she focused primarily on Modern Dance.
In 1975, college graduation and the subsequent pursuit for employment brought Sinex and her husband to Northern Virginia followed by Wilmington, North Carolina to finally settle down with their three children in Columbia, Maryland.
The painting sold before the show was over.
After taking her first figure painting class, Sinex switched back to the oils she grew up with for their creamy texture and blending ability. Soon after, Sinex enrolled in a professional level class under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed artist David Zuccarini where one could paint whatever they wanted with a teacher/mentor to answer questions and make suggestions. She continues to attend this on-going class in a never-ending desire for continual growth, critical feedback and the association with other professional artists (and chocolate).
Sinex soon became very involved in the Maryland art community, volunteering at art fundraisers, showing and winning awards throughout the state. She became active in Maryland Art League where she served as Vice President and then President, working to develop new shows and venues.
Besides the encouragement to paint from her grandmother, Sinex’s parents always supported her love of art with a never-ending supply of drawing paper, crayons and pencils. Growing up with fine art on the walls of her home as part of the collection of William Thomas Evans, her great-grandfather who was a collector of early American Impressionism now hanging at the Museum of American Art in Washington DC, art was always an important part of Sinex’s life.
Then came the recession of 2008. Residential remodeling and custom homes came to a screeching halt. Her husband, Steve, also an architect, opened a small board game store employing their grown children and Sinex opened a small studio/architecture office/art gallery/art classroom in the same historic artsy old mill building as her husband’s store. This allowed her to paint, sell paintings and giclee prints along with portrait commissions, teaching oil painting classes and doing architecture projects.
Although Sinex’s professional life was filled with drawing buildings, her artistic subject matter is all about life. “I paint what I love, people, trees, wildflowers, forest animals and the water, which makes life possible”, says Sinex. Yet the architect is there. She organizes many of her paintings by integrating pieces of buildings such as old window sashes into her work. Other paintings, such as her large wildflower series and her squirrels and chipmunks serve as accent pieces to her primary work. But she always works at keeping in mind something that a client once asked for while commissioning a painting for her breakfast room, “I want bread and cheese and something to make me smile”.
Sinex did paint the painting as requested, and added the client’s dog peeking over the edge of the table, very intently eyeing the big chunk of cheese. Afterward, the client told her, “Whenever I look at that painting, I can’t help smiling”. Sinex aspires to always keep this in mind as she paints. “Step into my painting, relax and when you leave, do it with a smile”.
"Self Portrait" Acrylic 28" x 42"
"Just For Fun" Oil and Mixed Media 32" x 39"
Roxana Sinex got started in art by drawing made-up story illustrations and paper dolls with her two sisters as a young child in the 1950’s in Louisville, Kentucky. In elementary school she was constantly drawing and doodling, getting in trouble from her teachers and winning acclaim as the best artist in the class by her classmates who would ask her to draw pictures for them. When she was ten, her family moved to Tucson, Arizona where her grandmother, a landscape painter in Ray, Arizona, taught her to paint and gave Sinex her first set of oil paints.
Children, a full-time job and self-employed business on the side brought a halt to Sinex’s oil painting for almost 15 years, though she continued to draw, drafting along with sketching her children and people around her until 1996 when she noticed that a class in acrylic painting was being offered at the county art center. She signed up with the idea that acrylics would be safer to use around children and was soon rewarded with entry in her first art exhibition. Jennifer B. Scott in the Ellicott City Times referred to Sinex as an “upcoming artist” featuring a four inch x six inch photograph of her painting and a brief interview, ““I’ve never shown before and I aspire to be an artist who can actually sell paintings,” says Roxana Sinex, a first-time exhibitor” quotes Scott. “Sinex’s painting, “Aspen Grove,” which depicts beautifully tall trees, exhibits her understanding of nature and the world.”
"Bringer of Life" Oil and Mixed Media 55" x 29"
During this time Sinex developed a great love for the spiritual and regenerative power of the wilderness due primarily to her family’s weekly hikes in the desert and mountains of Southern Arizona in addition to yearly two to three week long backpack trips led by her father in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The effects of these trips provided a profound influence on her artwork today.
In college she chose to major in Architecture at the University of Arizona because it provided her with the opportunity to have a career with a strong potential income along with the opportunity to draw all day. These were the days when art colleges were teaching primarily abstract impressionism which she was not interested in. Sinex had always been drawn to realism and architects draw realistically. Even when CADD became the norm for architectural drafting and design, Sinex continued drawing by hand because of her love for and skill at the process. She felt that the process of pencil drawing actually fed into the creativity of her award-winning architectural designs.
"Breakfast?" Oil 8" x 6"