Ezshwan Winding is an incredibly talented artist with over 60 years of painting experience (and over 9 years of teaching workshops). Her extensive online portfolio showcases both her abstracts and figurative pieces, most often in oil or encaustic.
As beautiful as her abstracts are, however, today I’m going to focus solely on her figure paintings, and their amazing quality of silent communication.
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A Moment in Time, below, is a perfect example of Ezshwan’s ability to somehow capture exactly what makes us human with just oil paint and brush. There’s no movement, no words, no music. . . and in fact, none of that is necessary.
I can still feel the moment, as if I was standing right there.
The model’s face is half-turned, one cheek resting on a languid hand as she slowly collapses into sleep. Her body is supported by the edge of a table, bunching her shirt at the shoulder while her arms and wrists sway in complete, silent, relaxation.
I feel my own shoulders relax, as I explore this painting. Maybe yours will too.
And Ezshwan’s other paintings are all just as full of quietly expressive moments just like that. . . Transformation #4 follows the dance of several green and gold butterflies, arranged just so around a woman’s face.
Clearly she is in motion as well. . . becoming something new; changing, transforming, her eye steadily regarding the future she desires.
Lastly, Transformed by Silence is possibly my favorite. The colors are especially vibrant; a wonderful contrast of orange and blue, warm and cool, with a patterned texture that blends the idea of abstraction with the truth of realism.
Just take a minute to relax, and breathe, and enjoy this painting. It’s worth it.