Inal’s ‘Flowers’ on display at Macey

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Although September brings a change in season — Autumn begins Tuesday, Sept. 22 — flowers are in full bloom this month at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.

 

 

An exhibit simply titled “Flowers,” by Socorro artist Serife Inal, is on display at Macey Center Gallery through Sunday, Oct. 4.

Not all, but most of Inal’s oil, watercolor and pen-and-ink portrayals are of various types of flowers.

“Flowers are my favorite subject,” Inal said with a thick accent derived from her native Turkey. “I love flowers — any kind of flowers. Of course, I paint landscapes and animals, but my favorite is flowers.”

Inal translates the splendor of flora into her compositions.

“Usually in my painting I like balance in the colors and shapes. Proportion is very important to me,” she said.

Inal’s approach to painting is choreographed. Her flower paintings could be described as a ballet of beau cay.

“I like to make the colors dance — dancing with other colors,” she said.

Not always. One wall is filled with mostly black and white renderings in pen-and-ink. Another part of the gallery is dedicated to abstract paintings.

“Sometimes I work in abstract. My imagination is very good,” she said. “I don’t need a subject in front of me. I can paint from imagination. Some artists, they need a subject to paint from. I don’t need it.”

Inal has an extensive background in art. She graduated from art college and spent five years teaching the subject to high school students in Turkey. She came to the United States in 1982 with her husband Osman, who is Dean of Engineering, a professor of material engineering and associate vice president at New Mexico Tech.

“When I first came I was looking for work in fabric design,” said Serife, who is also accomplished in batik.

But her focus turned toward oil painting and watercolor, disciplines that sometimes take a moment to distinguish at first glance. From a distance, it’s difficult to tell if some of her paintings are oils or watercolors.

“That’s my technique, my style,” Inal said.

A transplant to New Mexico with an affinity for painting flowers, her style could be compared to that of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of her favorite artists. She also names William Hook, Mary Wood and New Mexico artist Miguel Martinez as influences.

The Macey Center Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inal will host an artist’s reception on Monday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the gallery.