About the artist:
Armida Kielty is an oil painter with her Bachelor of Fine Art from Arizona State University. Even while early in her career, she has won a juried exhibition award and has displayed her work publicly numerous times. Currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, this cities famous sunrises and sunsets inspire the bright, vivid colors of her paintings. With each landscape Armida creates, she studies and interprets the purpose of urban desert living.
Portraiture has also influenced her current work since she has studied from the human figure for years. Armida uses the locations of the portraits she creates as a means to portray the personality of the person she is painting.
No matter the subject matter, painting fast and with energy in her paintbrush is one of her creative strengths. Armida's creative passion entices her to finish any oil painting in only a few sessions, before it even begins to dry.
"The sun and all that it touches is an enemy to life. Only the few moments when she is coming and leaving creates such a visual beauty. These daily gifts, sunrises and sunsets, are Arizona’s apology for the deathly heat that the sun brings each day.
Painting these local views of Phoenix, Arizona’s urban city hub forces me to visually study and explain the purpose of desert living. Landscape painting is my therapeutic coping for choosing this inhabitable city as my home.
Even the most average of city views can be elevated to new heights just by the colorful glow of the sun peeking from under the horizon. My work elevates the Arizona landscape to new heights in a loving, romantic way. As I progress through each painting, I am learning to love Arizona."