Subject Tags: contemporary baroque, baroque, black velvet, velvet, texture, detailed painting, detail-oriented, details, detailed, model, red lipstick, glamour, yellow, blue, orange, red, historical costume, historical art, historical painting, fashion illustration, fashion painting, holbien, elizabethan, costume, food, bread, traditional, old masters style, fantasy, realism, humorous, fashion art, female figure, renaissance, tudor, artist self-portrait, portrait
Size: 26"W x 36"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Portraits and art history are constant sources of inspiration for my art. After researching historical women, I repeat the theme of painting people, but use my own face, hands, and torso in each painting. I present myself in a classical portrait, as if I can travel through time. "Breadwinner” is a self-portrait in which I combine Vogue fashion spreads, Hans Holbein paintings, and fauvist colors, and a cheeky expression. This is my version of a female power portrait by appropriating a male artist by using my own style, stance, and clothing.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew animals, both real (my menagerie of pets), and fantastic (dragons and such). With this obsession with drawing nature, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at Baylor University. I lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore (I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast) attended MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I worked in DYI art spaces, such as The Skydive, and helped organize community shows. I currently work, teach, and make art in Denver.