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Palette of the Palate: Napa Artist Paints the Taste of Wine

Napa Artist Penelope Moore pushes the boundaries of sensory experience by fusing art with nuances of wine. She translates the taste of wine into dynamic and expressive large-scale abstract oil paintings. Her new series “Palette of the Palate” is a visual interpretation of the palate, exploring how color and mood relate to taste.

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.
-Alberto Giacometti

Palette of the Palate: Napa Artist Paints the Taste of Wine - A visual interpretation of the palate, exploring how color and mood relate to taste. Penelope Moore pushes the boundaries of sensory experience by fusing art with nuances of wine. By isolating characteristics in wine, she translates taste into dynamic and expressive large-scale abstract oil paintings then pairs each painting with a wine of complementing components.

She begins by isolating particular characteristics in a given wine. Based on viscosity, color, smell, fluidity and taste she then visualizes the painting (using her synesthetic sensibilities) and transfers her interpretation to bold five-foot by six-foot color stories on canvas. Classically trained in painting and known for painting wine related subject matter, in a more literal sense, Napa Artist Penelope Moore recently stepped into an entirely new realm of painting wine and redefines the way viewers experience her art and wine. Her paintings invite viewers to delve deeper into the glass, to see what they are tasting and to taste what they are seeing.

In Penelope’s new series "Palette of the Palate"  she fuses her passion for wine with her classical training in fine art painting. She is known for painting wine in a more literal sense but recently took a leap-of-faith to paint completely abstract works of art. Since she launched this new series, she has created each five-foot-by-six-foot piece LIVE on location in unpredictable pop-up painting sessions all over Napa Valley. With very little notice to her followers, she takes her blank canvases, palette knives and paints to events and locations such as at Yountville LIVE, St. Clair Brown Winery’s Speakeasy, on the street corner at The Wine Thief on Valentine's Day, at Monticello Vineyards while Winemaker Chris Corley simultaneously played the "sound of wine" on the grand piano, at CabFest at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, and in Los Angeles (in a tutu) while a filmmaker filmed and photographed the entire process. Each painting has a special story and the opening exhibition will debut in a very exclusive, top secret location in Napa Valley to be announced. In partnership with a local sommelier, each painting at the exhibit will be paired with a wine to taste while viewing her art.

For more information and updates on her live painting sessions and debut exhibition of “Palette of the Palate” visit her website www.penelopepaintings.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/penelope.

 

About the Artist

Penelope grew up in Salt Lake City, UT and earned her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Penelope's paintings and photography are a reflection of her passion for food, wine and joie de vivre. They are contemporary in style with an emphasis on color, mood and light. A gourmet at heart, Penelope is immersed in Wine Country culture and influenced by her years of experience in the restaurant industry. Penelope's culinary compositions offer unique insight into the world of food and wine.

Penelope regularly exhibits her work at wineries throughout Sonoma and Napa Valley. She paints full time and resides in Downtown Napa where her love and growing knowledge of wine continues to be a source of inspiration in her work.

selected private collections

St. Regis Buckhead Atlanta, Adobe Systems, Staglin Family, Ehlers Estate, Frias Family Vineyard, Benziger Family, Eric Ross Winery, Malibu Family Winery, Chase Cellars, Thomas Arvid, Robin Quivers, Danielle Steele, Carpe Diem Wine Bar Napa


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