Gina Krawez is
a self-taught painter. Her signature medium is acrylic on cradled wood.
She initially discovered the medium in April of 2012. At that time, she and her husband, Aaron, had just remodeled a house for their son to rent. They’d installed halogen track lighting for the wall where his couch would be, but frankly, there was nothing there to light, just a big grey wall. It needed “punch.” But Gina was unsure where, or if, she could find a canvas that filled the space. So she convinced her husband to build a panel. And fortunately, for us all, he was willing. “Without him, I don’t believe any of this would have happened,” she says.
Her first show followed soon after, in June of 2012 – an evening show in Huntsville, AL. “It was about 4-5 hours long” Gina says. And since then? “I have been painting like my hair is on fire. My husband is a panel making maniac now!”
A year later, Gina was chosen as a feature artist for the Ann Arbor State Street Festival. “Frankly,” she says, “I didn’t know what a ‘featured artist’ even was. I had to Google it. But when I found out what a big deal it was, I felt like such a doofus. I figured I better return the show directors phone call!”
Good thing she did. At that festival, one of her pieces was selected for advertising/ print media — it’s a piece quite similar to one currently hanging here, a vertical 24×48 entitled “Accolade”. Gina says, “The original concept for the piece was based on relationships – how opposites attract & love, how different people, with diverging talents and abilities, work together. It’s about the importance and value of staying together against all odds.”
Although Gina is generally inspired by light and movement, she’s painted other pieces inspired by relationships. In fact, her very first piece, entitled “Knotwithstanding” (yes, spelled with a ‘K’ because we had gotten married fairly recently and it was about tying the knot), also represented opposites attracting. “The top and bottom, red and aqua being opposite ends of the color spectrum, represent the attraction of opposites, the carved part in the aqua is the knot, the vertical lines represent the talents of each, the depth toward the bottom are ‘odds’ but victory over them. I want my paintings to be ‘alive’ and uplifting and captivating.”