My work is inspired by the relationship between harmony and contrast. How contrasting elements highlight the opposing qualities in one another and bring appreciation of their specific attributes.

I am interested in exploring this relationship through the use of positive and negative space, light and shadow, color, texture and pattern, and studying the way in which they affect each other.

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, the first thing that caught my attention when moving to San Francisco was the magnificence and elegance of the trees of this area. This inspired me to use wood as my primary material.

I often allow the wood grain to show through using wood stains.  I am interested in exploring the use of pyrography (wood burning ), always aiming to achieve an organic contrast.

Samanta Tello 2017