As I mentioned in my post on Friday, I adore using original art in my projects! If could be happy living in a room with a comfy chair and walls covered in art. I hate to admit this, but if I had to choose between art and food, I would probably want art. I am crazy in love with art and am always on the lookout for new artists.
Here are seven talented artists who are currently on my radar!
Charlottesville, Virginia. I learned about Kiki from Garden and Gun magazine, but her career started long before the magazine named her a southern visionary. Kiki’s first show as a senior in the art program at the University of Virginia was a sell out, but that wasn’t because of beginner’s luck. The girl is seriously talented. Kiki likes to use layers of paint create works that are both organic and modern. Her artwork featured at the popular Zero George Street Boutique Hotel in Charleston, SC has received much attention. To see more of KiKi’s work visit her website here.
2. Sarah Boyts Yoder, also from Charlottesville, Virginia, is a mix media painter, who uses a wide range of materials such as acrylic and latex house paint and oil sticks to create layered paintings and collages. Sarah draws inspiration from Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art theory.
3. Mary Nelson Sinclair is an abstract artist who lives and works in New York City. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mary Nelson draws inspiration from travel. Check out her beautiful work here. Enjoy her pictorial blog “ColorMark”
4. Paul Ferney grew up in Northern Utah then lived in Paris, before settling in San Francisco. He worked as a managing graphic designer for Esurance prior to pursuing life as an artist. As a painter, Paul’s original focus was natural landscapes, but he ventured out with one of my favorite series called “Let them Eat Cake” which he did in collaboration with his wife, Jordan. See the entire series here. Recently, Furbish Studio had a pop-up shop sale of Paul’s work, and I failed to get a piece because I couldn’t decide which one to buy before they all sold out! Visit his website to see more works from Paul Ferney.
6. Susan Skelley is an abstract artist located in Myrtle Beach, SC. Self-taught; her work is vibrant and colorful. I love the colors palettes she chooses for her work. See more of Susan’s work in her Etsy shop here.
7. Kerri Rosenthal has long been a favorite of mine. I have watched this woman paint for quite a while. I follow her on all her social media channels and constantly stalk her to see what she is currently painting. I’m so happy she is going to be in Studio 202! Kerri, like myself, had a prior profession in fashion. After graduating from NYU School of Fashion and Communications, Kerri spent 10 years working for Oilily, a Dutch company based in Amsterdam. She spent extensive time in Holland working for Oilily and as President of Oilily’s US subsidiary, Cakewalk. Kerri lives in Weston, CT with her husband, three children and shaggy dog! If you aren’t familiar with Kerri’s work, please visit her website here. She is one talented lady!
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