Starling is a Bay Area artist living in the Livermore Valley Region and currently
working in acrylics, oil and digital imagery.
Her inspiration comes
from a variety of sources available through sensory experience: a glimpse, an
impression, a touch, an emotion, the change of light over time, an unusual point
of view, the human condition.
Some of these experiences have been captured
in her photography which is later used as reference in the process of creating
her paintings. She likes to string elements together making associations that
render a new perspective. She enjoys telling a story through metaphors and symbols.
This is usually how the surreal works come together.
Nova says she prefers
to create a body of work with a theme so that she can explore her interests more
thoroughly and take the viewer on the same journey. She recently finished a set
of abstract landscapes of the local vineyards and the Livermore Valley. Although
representing natural forms, they are really all about color and its vibration.
She said that she could not expect to bring all the unique experiences that a
given viewer brings to a given moment. But she could perhaps set up a sensation
in the viewer through the vibration created by the juxtaposition of intense and
contrasting colors. That vibration was intended to be similar to the feeling of
a sense of wonder that the viewer experiences when coming upon a sight that is
to them amazing.
Another theme in her work is seen in the portraits of individuals
where they start to merge with their environment. She combines
the subject's physical nature with either symbols or metaphors
for what drives their lives and integrates them into their
Nova's work is
in private collections across the country and has won many awards.
Nova's creative path has drawn her to investigate almost all media in both applied
and fine arts. She received a Masters in Design from U.C. Berkeley with primary
focus on metalwork. She went on to operate her own design firm, creating products
for the gift and fashion market. Her designs have been displayed nationally from
5th Avenue in New York to Union Square in San Francisco. Since 1997 Nova has been
painting as well as working with computer imagery. Much of her work is or will
be available as limited edition giclee prints.