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CELESTIAL Show - DNA Galleries

Posting this almost two years after the fact, but I wanted to make a post about a show I did back in December of 2015 at one of my favorite galleries in Oklahoma City. I've been selling prints at DNA Galleries for years now and when they asked me to show work in their gallery space I was super excited to participate. 

Some Q's and A's from DNA:

What is your medium/process? 

I paint multiple thin layers of oil paint on wood. There’s a mix of reference photos and freestyle painting. I never really know how something is going to turn out, and I think that’s essential for me when I paint.

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Rosette Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. After college, I moved to Texas and lived in Galveston and Austin. I recently moved back to OKC this past summer.

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

Anaitisa, oil on board, 2015

How would you describe your latest body of work? 

“Celestial” is a series that focuses on fictional deities that rule other worlds and galaxies. Their names are reminiscent of Greek, Celtic, Persian, and Egyptian goddesses. I wanted to create divine beings that could either be ancient or futuristic.

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

Nephthysus, oil on board, 2015

What inspires you?

I’m very much inspired by nature, anatomy, and astronomy. I feel they are very much full of life and full of death. It’s intriguing and beautiful.

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

Lumina, oil on board, 2015

How did you get started?

Like most people, I started painting as a kid. In pre-school, my teacher called my mom to tell her she was worried because I refused to draw stick figures. My mom later told me that I came home that day complaining because “people don’t look like sticks!” I hadn’t yet figured out how to draw a human body. I’ve been infatuated with painting and drawing ever since.

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

Orion Nebula, oil on board, 2015

What are your goals for the future?

I’d love to create life-size round panels of galaxies that invoke an immersive view of space. I’d also love to create a conceptual interpretation of my “Floral Anatomy” series by creating a garden inside of a gallery made completely of flowers and bones.

What advice do you have to artists?

If you put in the time, love, and energy, you will see results. That doesn’t mean every piece will be amazing, but you always have to keep at it to grow as an artist. Try not to put so much stress on yourself and just play around and have fun with your work. Experiment!

Museum Visit

So last weekend we took a little trip to Houston for the day and I finally got to check out the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. So ecstatic, I've wanted to see this place for so long. Plus we got in free since it was the first of the month (thanks Bank of America). 

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^^This place is huge. Literally. We walked around for hours and I think we still missed a ton of stuff (I've been going through the MFAH hashtag on Instagram and I'm seeing amazing things I completely missed). Fun fact: I have a minor in Art History so every time I go to a museum I like to test my skills on remembering things. I'm pretty rusty, but some things were familiar and then I go on spouting all the random facts I know about the artist, etc. But like I said…rusty. I kept all my art history books from university, and being at the museum made me really want to go back and reread those babies. Also, the museum had gorgeous Indian and Japanese sections with old sculptures, jewelry, pottery. I'm so intrigued, and I want to incorporate parts of those cultures with future pieces. 

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^^I might have squealed when I saw this piece. I've been in love with this painting for years and had no idea it was in Houston! Ah, life is funny.

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^^I saw my first Van Gogh. I SAW MY FIRST VAN GOGH. Completely surreal moment. His work is something you truly have to see in person because that TEXTURE IS AMAZING. See it!? It's so thick and buttery. I love it. 

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^^Yay for old paintings of insects, animals, and weird things. <3

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^^I saw this couple and I couldn't help but snap a photo. :)

Oh, there was also this James Turrell light tunnel that was so awesome, I just wanted to run up and down it (but the male employee was eyeing me funny). If you have a chance, you should check this museum out. I'm actually kind of surprised at all the amazing art that can be found in Texas (Dallas and Fort Worth have some beauties). But anyway, it's been raining all week and I've been working on my secret project. Photos soon! Have a lovely week!