As a contemporary realist painter, Xenia is drawn to strong contrasts found in the interplay of light and shadow, vivid colors and dramatic shapes as well as in the juxtaposition of natural and human elements. She finds inspiration in a broad range of subjects, from a single flower to a vast landscape, each providing a sense of pleasure, excitement, peace or wonder. Using pastel painting as her primary art form and painting both in the studio and “en plein air”, Xenia captures the inherent beauty of her subject and gives it life on a two dimensional surface.
Born in the Philippines, Xenia was heavily involved in the arts from an early age, but it was the performing arts– singing and dancing for large audiences. In quiet moments, she would look inward to the visual arts. Expressing with her hands through drawing, painting and crafting was a diversion that allowed her to be more peaceful and contemplative. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Southern California and her singing and dancing continued. Though she didn’t get to do much drawing or painting then, she never lost the love of creating with her hands.
Xenia studied fine arts at the University of Colorado in Boulder. But after college, life took her on a different path and her art pursuits were put on the back burner for over a decade. When she turned forty, with a renewed focus on painting with pastels, she furthered her art education by taking workshops with prominent artists such as Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Doug Dawson, Lorenzo Chavez and Bruce Gomez. She began exhibiting in 2013 and has since been juried into several prestigious exhibitions, including the Pastel Society of Colorado’s (PSC) Mile High International Pastel Exhibition and the Plein Air Artists of Colorado’s (PAAC) National Juried Exhibition, and has garnered awards for her paintings.
Xenia also enjoys volunteering her creative skills for local community art projects and non-profit organizations. She has served as a board member of the Boulder Art Association in Colorado, chaired shows and hung various art exhibitions. When time permits, she offers art lessons to kids and adults in her home studio and at local art venues.