Nature is full of dazzling plant life that often goes underappreciated. Painter Kateryna Mazhuha, however, employs a spectacular effect to bring out the best in each of her organic subjects. The Illinois-based artist captures pine cones, flower bouquets, and other plant life in oil paintings that appear as though they are being viewed in tunnel vision.
In this unique approach, Mazhuha orients her subject in the middle of the canvas. Then, she uses her palette to surround the flora with stripes of color, creating a starburst. This technique not only magnifies the vibrancy of the plant life, but it also draws the viewer's attention to the center of the mesmerizing design.
Regardless of her subject matter, Mazhuha is able to make it appear as though the plant continues forever in this expressive style. Brown-toned pine cones, for instance, stretch to each corner of the rectangular canvas as though they are being distorted through a camera lens. Similarly, a bouquet of yellow flowers becomes more abstract the further it moves away from the center.