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Monique Straub
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Monique Straub is known for her vividly colored landscape and still life paintings in oil and soft pastel. Her work is focused on the raw concepts of movement and design, and painted with a twist of joy and playfulness.Awarded "Best in Show" at the 2015 La Jolla Festival of the Arts, she exhibits her award winning works at several Fine Art Festivals throughout Southern California. A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, her work has been featured in Professional Artist Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden, and Pastel News Magazine. A past art show juror for the City of San Diego, and past Gallery Director for Gallery 21 at Spanish Village Art Center, Monique has been a full time artist for over 16 years, and works daily in her studio at Art on 30th in San Diego.

Artist Statement: "I enjoy painting the world with my own twist. Rather than producing textbook renditions, I choose to concentrate on emphasizing the individual character of my subject. Blending of traditional materials allows me to give unique personality to everyday scenes. I approach each of these original works as an adventure. The result is as surprising for me as I hope it is for you."

"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." -Katherine Hepburn