Size: 16"W x 20"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
"There was a 1930's photograph of a woman with a painted face and fan staring blankly to the side, with sad eyes and a small smile. The photograph has stuck with me over the years and before I knew it, she was manifesting here in a mask. I like to think she tossed aside the masked face and fancy-lady things to live a life in celebration of herself and being alive. Of course, I realize too, it's probably my own ideas projecting and so she is not in this image at all. I kept this painting simple and classic, with only blue, black, red, and white as the primary colors, the splash of purple and green I just couldn't resist. I hope this painting speaks to someone as the photograph spoke to me, even if it's in a different way. Her gallery-wrapped edges are the same blue tones as the background." -M.E.
"Aloha! My name is Mandy Elliott and I'm a self-taught Vango Artist originally from the Space Coast of Florida and now residing in the Heart of Virginia. Creating isn't just a passion for me, it's a part of me. I come from a background of artists, musicians, mechanics, engineers, and carpenters. One thing we all have in common is an ability to imagine something and then make it real. Some of us also share the ability to understand what others imagine and make that real. We are inventors and innovators. It's those skills which got me through a troubled home we called "Hells Gate", and gave me success in the corporate world from Sales to Escalations Management. None of that fulfilled me though, and I had to ask myself why I limiting myself when I could unleash myself into something I love? Art. I'd been creating and selling my Art since 1998, but in 2010 I dove in to the part of me that creates from the inside and found my preferred medium is paint. I've showcased in Melbourne Florida, Orlando Florida, Historic Kissimmee Florida, Cincinnati Ohio, and since September 2016 I have Artwork in an Earth Art collection in Space, courtesy of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu. #WeTheExplorers ... I watched NASA launch shuttles from the Cape, viewed from my back yard as a kid, and now I have Art in Space. I'd say my life is complete but... creating Art isn't something I can just turn off anymore. I am a Painter." -M.E. ______________________ _______________________ [[ All artworks protectively sealed, ready to hang, professionally shipped with a certificate of authenticity (CoA), Artist Pamphlet, "Talking About Art is Hard..." greeting card to give insight and talking points about your specific painting(s), and a hand written note from the Artist. Sometimes, they also include surprise bonus art, and/or discounts on commissions! Just because. :) ]]