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Brush strokes of inspiration

Kristya gets her inspiration on her paintings from women who contribute a legacy in a society.

She is Kristy B. Azagra, a 41-year old Roxas City - based visual artist, who wanted to pay it forward her creative passion in order to touch the lives of others.

Kristya's "Kalinga" composition in her version of mother and child on indigenous people Panay Bukidnon attire.

Detailed, vibrant and warm, the art of Kristya is made with no negative thoughts as it radiates with optimism as she plays the expressive elements of light, texture and colors.

Recently, she is among the 24 exhibitors of an all-women art exhibit dubbed "Salingsing" organized by the Association of Capiznon Women Visual Artists (AOCWVA) at the CityMall in Roxas City in time with the National Women's Month Celebration.

"Salingsing" is a Hiligaynon term which means to sprout or begin to grow just like the newly formed AOCWVA that is slowly emerging and spreading out its arms to embrace female visual artists in the province.

Azagra, who is the president of the group, featured her latest masterpiece, the "Kalinga," or a portrayal of a mother and child in a Panay Bukidnon attire at the exhibit.

A total of 40 paintings were showcased in the exhibit not only to showcase the talent of women but also to encourage others to pursue their passion.

"I wanted to highlight the care of a mother to her child," said the nurse by profession-turned full time artist.

The composition depicts the artist’s feelings of happiness, love and optimism using acrylic oils and charcoals as her medium.

The self-taught visual artist started the craft while in Grade 1 as an observer of brush strokes that motivated her to sketch nature and culture inspired subjects.

Attending Saturday art classes during her elementary days, she learned the basics of drawing that made art an essential part of her life.

Even though she did not take any art related course during her college days, but still she demonstrated an artistic talent and continued to bring her creative passion to fruition.

And as an artist leading group members who share the same interest, she wants others to share their talents and always remember that success is not the key to happiness but happiness itself is the key to success. (JBG/AAL/PIA Capiz)

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