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March-April 2011

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Spanish Mineral Artist Felix Estrella (b. 1967)

Vivid colors are a mineral's essence, and Felix Estrella's art has clearly captured that essential quality. He states: “We must consider that there are parts [of minerals] of great aesthetic beauty. These colors, these highlights, these forms … it is difficult to explain.” The artist notes that he can look at a fluorite or quartz and see it in his mind as it will be drawn on the computer. Estrella has collected minerals since childhood and says when he finds the time, “I go out with my children to look for stones.”

Estrella began his career as a cartoonist and illustrator using conventional techniques. All of his art is the result of researching digital technology and combining established styles with image editing software. Using sophisticated techniques on his computer, the artist has created a unique style that makes his art easily recognizable.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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