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 constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the the States, I dove into art again. 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 and to attend 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 currently live in Denver.