Born in the Philippines, Xenia was heavily involved in the arts from an early age, but it was the performing arts– singing and dancing for large audiences. In quiet moments, she would look inward to the visual arts. Expressing with her hands through drawing, painting and crafting was a diversion that allowed her to be more peaceful and contemplative. When she moved to Southern California as a teenager, her singing and dancing continued, but she never lost the love of creating with her hands. Eventually her quiet and observant nature led her to leave the glamour of performing and explore her visually creative side more deeply.
Xenia studied fine arts and graphic design in college and furthered her art education with prominent artists such as Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Doug Dawson. She participates in group and juried exhibitions and has won awards for her paintings. She has volunteered her creativity in local community art projects and is currently serving as a board member of the Boulder Art Association, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for local artists and promoting visual art in the community.
Though Xenia enjoys creating many types of art, her inherent artistic inclination is to paint with pastel because of its tactile and spontaneous nature. She is a contemporary realist painter, often inspired by strong contrasts found in the interplay of light and shadow, shapes and texture as well as in the juxtaposition of natural and human elements.
Xenia believes art is a vehicle to inspire emotion and awe, to make one feel more alive and celebrate one’s humanity. She strives to capture moments of beauty in her everyday surroundings and during her travels, whether directly from pictures, still life arrangements or en plein air. A single flower or a vast landscape can give one a sense of pleasure, excitement, peace or wonder.
Anything that stirs me visually and emotionally is what inspires me to create. To be a part of and share the beauty that abounds, and to elicit an emotional response within another soul are what sustain me as an artist. My intention as a painter is to not merely represent whatever subject inspires me, but to try to capture its essence and give it life, hopefully conveying to others my own visual and emotional experiences upon discovering it.
To view or purchase my wearable and functional art, please visit my store at meylah.com (search: xenia sease or artsy craftsy studio)
I also teach art classes: kids summer art camps, group & birthday party classes, and private lessons. To see my art classes (if scheduled), please click on 'Events' or email me for more information. My 2014 Summer Art Camp schedule is now available.