An evening with artist Mira M White

This last Monday, the El Cerrito Art Association had its first meeting for the new year. We hosted guest artist Mira White demonstrated her painting technique to a pact crowd, revealing the many stages her paintings undergoing.

ECCA membership and guest

Mira M White

Her painting process is more meditative and intuitive then predictable, as she states “I have to be able to take a journey with my work.” Her work evolves over time, sometimes as much as four year before a painting is considered complete.

Influenced by Eastern philosophy, Mira has developed a number of visual symbols, which are found in many of her paintings that build on a very personal mythology. After a trip to Europe a few years back, she was captivated by the many clusters of small villages and their houses, that it also has become part of her visual symbolism.


In addition to the symbol of homes, there are ladders, square and triangles, which establish a personal the language, reflecting her mythology, all of which is transformed and accomplished through the many layers a painting goes through. There  are as many as fifteen to twenty or more layers, in which Mira combines numerous medium technique. Each layer a subtle expression of her thoughts.


Her primary medium is combining watercolor and pastels, including acrylic, oil sticks and graphite powder, and possible offset with collage material. Apart from using multiple mediums to layer her work, Mira also employs various techniques with which she applies her medium and always searching for different methods with which to work. 

Mira answering a members question

Currently she has been expanding her visual expressions by experimenting with encaustic painting, exploring her visual mythology by translating it in a new medium.

For further information and classes you can visit her website.

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