July 24, 6:45 pm, 2007, mixed oil media on canvas, 36 x 24 in

Since 2006, C. J. has worked mainly in a variety of oil media on either stretched canvas or canvas board. Because she has always been enchanted by the soft texture and brilliant colors of pastels, in the Waking Dreams series she transferred the tactile character of pastel to her oil paintings by painting in thin, dry pigments applied with thinner rather than oil. This has given the matte surface the desired texture, and repeated layers of thinly-applied paint provide a feeling of depth and the softness to these works.

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