Sylwia Herbst is an American artist who has always had a passion for visual arts throughout high school and college painted large murals and studied figure drawing, charcoal, pastels, printmaking, watercolors, oils, and acrylic painting on canvas which ultimately became her favorite medium. Along with art she studied classical music and began winning awards and medals for both.
Against the advice of both her art and music professors, her chosen career at the time became Finance, in which she attained a Master's Degree at The American University in Washington DC.
She later returned to her love of acrylic painting and worked mostly in a realistic and impressionistic style. Later, she transitioned into expressionism and became fascinated with the style of creating works of art spontaneously without planning or sketching out the scene first. She used her imagination, mental images, and feelings to create the work.
She was drawn to this type of painting because it felt like an open doorway into other worlds and universes and the paintings themselves felt alive with the energy that came from this.
The result is works of art that are often colorful and flowing. She uses acrylic paints with a thinning medium but never water or other additives. Sylwia often adds lines and detail with a pellet knife or acrylic markers and rarely uses a paintbrush.
Her work has been described as dreamy and uplifting and now hangs in many collector’s homes and offices.
Sylwia hopes to ignite the viewers' imagination with her work as much as it ignites hers when she paints. She currently lives and paints in Palm Harbor, Florida.
I am an American artist who is most known for using contemporary expressionism to create works of art that depict inspiring visions from my imagination.
I am motivated by the notion that our creativity and mental health are significantly impacted by our imagination, daydreaming, and internal reality, in contrast to objective reality. I investigate the sensations and emotions of the human spirit in my paintings, as well as how the wavelengths and energies of color affect our physical and emotional well-being.
I believe that through art, we may overcome despair, anger, hatred, and fear. I strive to portray a sense of freedom from these unwanted emotions and create uplifting sensations of calmness, joy, aesthetics, and serenity.