Inga Buell

A printmaker, textile artist and art photographer, Inga was born in Los Angeles to parents who fled Latvia, a beautiful country on the Baltic Sea. Inga grew up in a home surrounded by art; her father, a painter and art director, was a graduate of Chouinard Art Institute, and her mother, a ceramicist and mosaic artist, both encouraged her to explore her artistic interests. Her love for photography began in high school, and continued to develop during college while studying art photography with Darryl Curran. Following college she worked in magazine publishing for Knapp Communications and Hachette Filipacchi, raised a family and completed an additional degree in Fine Art/Printmaking. Inga has two grown sons and resides with her husband on the Central Coast in California, but she will tell you part of her heart is always in Latvia.

Artist’s Statement

Inspiration for my art is often found in designs and compositions I see in the world around me, whether in a graffiti-filled alley, on the Baltic seashore or from the window of an airliner. The most mundane objects and vistas can turn into compositions in my camera lens, on paper or on fabric. Texture often completes my art. In collagraphs, I am particularly drawn to the sculptural qualities of the embossed surfaces of a piece, while in textile designs the use of dense machine quilting accentuates areas of visual interest.