Intimacy is an abiding theme- whether found in the human embrace, a death scene, or interweaving human limbs with limbs of a tree. Medical imagery is inspired by my work as a Registered Nurse.
I express myself in the egg tempera painting medium. Combining pigment with egg yolk has a sensual feel when painted on a plaster-like ground and building dozens of layers creates a nuanced luminosity. Known as a technically difficult medium, this struggle supplies the traction I need to produce the pure and deep art that I strive towards.
Arbrador has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.A., including South Bend Regional Museum of Art (Indiana), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Wenatchee Valley College Art Gallery (Washington), and the Bade Museum of the Pacific School of Religion (California).
Arbrador won first place at the Anatriptic Arts Festival in 1992 (California) and at the Art and Healing exhibit at Artwest Gallery in 1997 (Wyoming).
In 1995 Arbrador created the lecture, "Botticelli's Forgotten Medium; Egg Tempera Past and Present", for presentation at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. She has since presented this lecture along with hands-on egg tempera demos for many groups and classes.
Inspired by the original "Society of Painters in Tempera" (founded in 1901 in England), in 1998 Arbrador co-founded the "Society of Tempera Painters" in 1998.
Arbrador studied Egg Tempera with Koo Schadler, Dianne Mitchell and Christopher Castle, Classical Realism with David Hardy and Artistic Anatomy with Rob Anderson.