Bio & Artist Statement
Roxanne Zuniga Blackwood is a Mexican-American visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two daughters and a menagerie of pets. She has been creating and exhibiting art for the past 18 years. She was born and raised in the Central Valley of California and spent over a decade in the Silicon Valley before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2010. She works with oils, acrylics, and water media on canvas & paper.
I love to create, I always have since I was a child. When I was quite small, my father used to work swing shift so I saw him very little during the week. To let me know he was thinking of me, my artist of a Dad would tape fantastical drawings onto the wall above my bed. I would wake up to his drawings of clouds, animals, and people flying in the sky and doing silly things.
I learned at an early age that I could make up my own world with art. I have always been inspired by beauty such as flowers, rainbows, butterflies and insects. Color is an important element in my work and I am always looking for new ways to add magic to a picture through value, color and composition. My work is multifaceted & eclectic. I enjoy melding and mashing up imagery to tell visual stories and I am especially interested in investigating the concept of courage (to fully be a self-actualized & multidimensional individual) as well as exploring notions of divergence, hybridity, and the cycles of life.