Dancing with the Muse
Rogue Gallery | Medford, Oregon
Clista Narcissus Prelle-Tworek has created art since pre-Kindergarten, and is an arts educator and professional artist, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the treatment of PTSD. She has taught in private and public schools, prison settings as well as for professional arts organizations. The subjects of her personal artwork have always been who and what she has loved and found most beautiful.
She has steadily developed her signature elegant and dramatic style. Elements of her recent work, such as the nude combined with fantasy images, were present in her work during her early training in art school as a young woman. She has continued to develop these themes into the mature expression we enjoy today.
The figure has always held a particular fascination for her, but she is adept in portraiture, floral, animals, landscape, and architectural work in both drawing and painting. Her style is primarily expressive realism, with strong elements synthesizing the human form and archetypal symbols including mythologies from around the globe. As a visual artist, psychologist, dancer and athlete, Clista is currently utilizing and integrating all aspects of herself in her art, counseling and other endeavors.
“Mythology” is a playful and highly creative series that bring to life mythological creatures through the persons of very close friends and lovers. Look forward to more from this series where you will find Clista as a centaur (honoring both her love of horses and her Sagittarian nature). Clista utilizes both watercolor and pastel in this series.
“Shy Narcissus” is an earlier series that reflects the genesis of Clista’s current style of painting the figure in pastel. All of the figures utilize Clista herself as the model, and each creates a singular mood, suggestive of various cultures and locales around the world. You will see in these earlier paintings, clear elements of the recent paintings, and a developing sense of Clista’s personal power as an artist, and increasing love for herself.
“The Dancers” are an early foray into depicting rhythm and other movement elements with the figure.
“Portraits” in an ongoing series that depicts various persons in a wide range of styles and different media. The unique styles suit not only the accurate expression of the subjects’ physicality, but also their deeper souls and spirits, which Clista has an uncanny ability to realize in her paintings.
Clista’s landscape work was represented by both the Blue Heron Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, and the Acacia Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her figurative work was shown by Accents, The Collectors’ Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, and she has shown at the Rogue Gallery in Medford, Oregon. She is an experienced commissioned artist, executing works for clients ranging from human and animal portraits to landscape and buildings that carry special meaning for the client.
The art is available in three formats—the Originals, with images approximately 18x26 inches, framed to various sizes, Archival prints with images approximately 10x13 inches, and small prints matted to 8x10 inches. The Archival prints can be matted to custom sizes upon request. Original art may be shipped either framed or unframed, at the buyer’s request.