I feel a strong connection with the ocean. I am at my happiest when I am in the ocean, kind of feels like there is where I meant to be. I draw inspiration from my travels to world class surfing destinations and the work of renowned surf photographers and have recently started taking a water camera with me while I am surfing to develop the material into paintings. My pursuit is to portray perfection and the ultimate surfing experience. I like to paint my seascapes with the absence of people so that the viewer is not distracted and perhaps encouraged to image themselves in the scenery. I want people to relate to my paintings encouraging them to relax and mind surf. This is my aim as an artist, it never ceases to drive me.
Growing up in the high density environment of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Fernanda dreamed of living by the sea and enjoying a coastal lifestyle. She craved the the waves to surf. She began bodyboarding at 11 years of age and it became clear to her that the ocean would provide the focus in her life. She began planning to surf around the world, particularly Australia where she met her future husband, also a surfer. Together they have travelled to many different world class surfing destinations. Fernanda not only enjoyed the surfing but also began to sketch waves and seascapes. Her passion for the ocean is now reflected in her paintings and her aim is to bring to canvas perspectives of the sea that only a surfer could explain. Painting surf and seascapes is like the realisation of the dream, a logical extension for the passion of the sea. Commissions are welcomed.
Fernanda is mostly self taught but from 2003 to 2008 has trained with renowned artists based on the South Coast of NSW, Manly and has completed intensive courses at the National Art School as well as a short residency in Florence, Italy with renowned artist and mentor Angelo Vadala' in 2011.
Fernanda's seascapes and surf paintings are now private collections in Brazil, Australia, Portugal, Germany, England and the United States.
"Sunset Chill" - Acrylic and Ink on Canvas 120 x 90cm
"Tropical" - Acrylic and Ink on canvas 120x 90cm
"Narrabeen, behing the foam ball"
Acrylic and Ink on Canvas 150 x 120cm
Auctioned for the benefit of SurfAid
Oil, Acrylic and Ink on two canvas - Total size 150 x 240cm
Remember Narrabeen - a commission
Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 70cm
Actioned for the benefit of Will Chapman
"A beauty and a beast" - Acrylic on Canvas 120 x 90cm
Sold - Exhibition SEascapes of Shoalhaven
Inside Out - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 150 x 120cm
Acrylic, Gold Leaf and Oil on Canvas 100 x 70cm
Sold through Beachwood Designs Avalon
"Down the straights" - Acrylic on Canvas 150 x 120cm
Collers Inside Section, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 120 x 90cm
Sold to Tivoli Enterprises Brazil
Deep in the Ocean lis a Surfer's Prize - Acrylic and Oil on Canvas (2 panels total size aprox. 198.1 cm x 274cm)
Not for Sale - Private Collection
"Aussie Pipe, Dolphin view" Acrylic and Oil on canvas 120 x 90 cm
"Nias, first light" Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 120 x 150cm
Acrylic on Canvas 120 x 90cm - Enquiries Alma do Mar Gallery
Acrilic on canvas 150 x 120 cm
"Another barrell on the south coast"
Oil on Canvas 60 x 76cm
"Aquamarine" - Acrylic on Canvas - 36'' x 72''
Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120cm
Sold"Moonlight" as part of my REFLECTions Exhibitions
Acrylic on Canvas 100 x 70cm framed in recycled timber
In memory of Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 2 x 4m
Sold Shorey: Pleasure and Pain
Acrylic on Canvas - 185 x 93 cm
Donation to the Malibu Surf Classic 2010
"The Last Hour" - Acrylic on Canvas
Festival Alma Surf
Painting live at the Festival courtesy of Galeria Alma do Mar
Iniciative of Parafinamg Surfing Magazine
Morning LIght - Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Canvas 90 x 120 cm
Sold - Passport to Happiness
Acrylic and Ink on Linen (73 x 101cm)
Sold - Joaquina Storm
Oil on Linen (73 x 101cm) As part of a show in Brazil at Galeria Alma do Mar
Sold - Good Morning Sunshine
Mixed Media on Paper - For Sale through Galeria Alma do Mar
Sold - Flying Surfer Strikes Gold
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas - For Sale through Galeria Alma do Mar
Sold - "Green Room on the heavier side"
Acrylic on Canvas - For sale through Galeria Alma do Mar (Solo Show in June 2010)
Sold- Golden Goldie
Acrylic on Canvas - As part of a show scheduled for end of June in Brazil
Sold - Shipsterns
Acrylic on Canvas 180x80cm
"South Coast Colour Contrast" Acrylic on Canvas 90 x 120 cm
"Barrell of Light" A commission for Figge and Daniela Boksjo
Sold Through Beachwood Designs
Acrylic on Canvas 185 x 914cm
Mixed Media on Paper
"Orange" pastels, acrylics, ink on watercoloured paper
Donation to the Malibu Surf Classic in California
The contest which is held in September in California invited me to participate this year. I donated this painting to the Association so that can be actioned off to raise money to the campaign of saving the oceans.
The sun, the water and the colours in between
Titled "Be Still" - Acrylic on Canvas (1200 x 900)
Sold through Beachwood Designs Avalon
This amazing homeware store situated in Avalon Beach, in Sydney's Northern Beaches, is a must stop if you are looking to create a coastal atmosphere in your home. There is a couple of my paintings for sale there. Check out their website: www.beachwood.com.au