Romantic realist oil paintings by New Zealand artist, Soraya Bradley embody not only classical skills but also the classic goals of aesthetic beauty and emotional relevance. Soraya's paintings are filled with icons of femininity, romantic and modern, with rich themes, glowing color and poetic intimacy. She is a figure painter, working in a realist style.
Thoughtfully, Soraya constructs beautiful oil paintings, pieces that can be loved and treasured, to stand the test of time in a fast transient world.
Soraya gathers a selection of handmade oil paints composed of natural ochre, sienna and umbers and a select few modern crimsons.
Evocative of an autumn landscape, sumptuous materials are slowly welded together into poetic oil paintings. Exquisite details are paramount but delicate, anchored in strong sculptural form.
In an old villa in rural New Zealand, an eclectic combination of magical realist paintings and renewable farming, three dogs, a library of books, wildcats, forty horses and numerous cows and chickens is a romantic setting for a painters studio.
Introspective by nature, Soraya has deliberately tailored her life to preserve the solitary endeavour of her visual art practice.