Artists are inspired by many aspects of their lives, and it’s no different for Dupont Circle painter Angela White. Her paintings and mixed media works are not only physically layered, but also emotionally layered with her personal experiences.
According to White, “the concept of the many layers of our life experiences forming our physical, spiritual and emotional identity lends itself to creating and adding layers of visual depth and density in my art work.”
White’s extensive art education has no doubt played a role in her development as an artist. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, she holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a thesis painting exhibit from the University of Maryland. Additional inspiration comes from her interest in other forms of art such as music and dance. Both of these hobbies convey a strong sense of movement, which is a common thread in her work.
One of the strongest influences in White’s art work is her love of travel and a childhood spent living in Europe. Her collection is filled with images of the cliffs of Ireland, the streets of Paris and the piazzas of Florence. As a result, travel photography has become very important to her and she often uses this tool as a basis for her paintings.
When asked about the neighborhood, White admits she’s a big fan. “A friend told me about the available studio in Dupont Circle about 12 years ago and I’ve been working there ever since,” she said. “I enjoy many of the excellent restaurants, wine bars and theatre venues in the area.” She is also a supporter of the Brookland area, having previously exhibited at the Wohlfarth Gallery and Washington Works on Paper.
If you’re interested in seeing White’s work in person, three of her paintings are currently on exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street NW. At the present time, she is mostly an encaustic painter, but these particular works, “Inner Light,” “Things Unseen” and “Untitled,” are body prints. They are on display until October 22. You can also schedule an appointment to view her work at her 17th Street NW studio.