ROGENE MAÑAS, Fine Art
Painter and mixed media artist ROGENE MAÑAS has developed her own methods of making art, giving her work a distinctive quality. Combining fine art with folk art, she expresses feelings and emotions while working mostly from her imagination. From sculpting in bas-relief with paper clay, to layering with collage papers, beads, embossed metal and stitching, she adds dimension to her work, making it jump right off the canvas.
As a graphic designer, illustrator and owner of her own international card company, Rogene transitioned to art making more than 15 years ago. She is the author of Artful Paper Clay: Techniques for Adding Dimension to Your Art, a book about her unique processes, published by North Light Books. As a teacher, she loves helping people discover and develop their creative abilities using her own innovative and forgiving mixed media techniques. She believes that art making should be fun, stress-free and fulfilling to each student and her goal is to inspire everyone to make art on a daily basis. She believes that when people make art, they make the world a better place. She teaches workshops in Oregon, California and Mexico. Her work may be seen at Guardino Gallery in Portland, OR, and on her website.
In 2011, she was featured on Oregon Art Beat, a statewide program on PBS showcasing Oregon Artists.
ARTFUL PAPER CLAY:
As part of my mixed media repertoire, I began using paper clay about 15 years ago. Since then I have experimented with it in as many ways as I could imagine and still have more things to try. I approached a publisher with my idea for a book about this versatile medium, and North Light Books accepted the challenge. Artful Paper Clay: Techniques for Adding Dimension To Your Art was published in August of 2016 and immediately went to number one for new releases in its category on Amazon. The book walks beginners and advanced artists alike through the simple and forgiving process of incorporating paper clay into their art. It can be sculpted, carved, sanded, left white or painted. It adheres to most anything, holds amazing detail, is very light weight and can be added to any mixed media work. It does not require baking, is non-toxic and archival. I love it because it can be changed, reworked, patched, added to, removed, repaired, and repainted, making it ideal for my workshop students. I believe that everyone has the ability to make art and this medium is so flexible and forgiving that people can grow their skills while having fun doing it.