My first real contact with art came early in life. I was born in 1971 in New York City and as a child, my mother often took me to visit the galleries of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum. I don’t remember a time when art was not a part of my life. I have always loved figurative painting and learned by earning a BFA at Syracuse University and through study in Florence, Italy.
My painting career truly came into focus after the birth of my first child. Ironically, at this time, I found it unthinkable that I would have the time or energy to take painting seriously. I found an escape in my studio and turned to self-portraiture to make sense of this new phase of life. I created imagery that was honest and infused with a female perspective.
As my life evolved, so did my work. Now my paintings depict not only the subjects that interest me, but also the memories and feelings I associate with them. Each work becomes a journey, an act of remembering, and embracing the intuitive. Memories are triggered in unpredictable layers. By gathering them together on canvas, I am creating work in the same layered way.
The future holds much to explore as I use my artwork to reflect my experiences and tell the stories about life and family that I find most intriguing.
– Daryl Zang