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What inspires me as an artist? Plus my top 5 favorite artists!

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As an artist I am a bit all over the place! I often describe myself as having art ADD, lol. I have never been able to lock myself down to a signature style or medium. I really enjoy trying new things. There are however some re-occurring themes in my art.

Inspirations...
I am inspired by Fashion, more accurately by vintage fashion! I even majored in Fashion Design in College. I am inspired by all types of dance. I am not much of a dancer myself, though I do enjoy dancing from time to time. I simply love the combination of strength and grace in the bodies of dancers. I love all things feminine and delicate. I love flowers and lace! I love the color green! I love fiber arts especially wool because it is warm and fuzzy. I love images of strong women. I am inspired by the crisp geometric Art Deco shapes and patterns as well as the delicate and ornate ones associated with Art Nouveau. I am also intrigued by subcultures and counterculture movements throughout the various decades especially flappers, burlesque culture, circus culture, and punk culture. I draw a lot of inspiration from these and I am inspired other artists who do the same.

Here are a few examples of my art...

You can see more of my art by clicking here. I try to share a piece or two from time to time.
Tango Dancers in watercolor, Altered magazine image embroidery, Portrait of Josephine Baker in alcohol inks, Art deco gal in acrylic


Here are  5 of my all time favorite artists:

1. Erte

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Erte was a Russian born, French artist most famous for his art deco fashion designs. He designed over 200 Harper's Bazaar covers in the 1920s and 30s. I love the use of pattern and whimsy in his designs. The Art Deco period is one of my absolute favorites!

2. Gustav Klimt

The Kiss image via
Klimt was an Austrian artist who worked  in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is a symbolist painter and part of the Art Nouveau movement. I am particularly inspired by his "Golden Phase" I love his use of color and pattern.

3. Cynthia Markert  

"Three Women in Crimson Gold Masaic" Img Via
Cynthia Markert is a local favorite here in Knoxville TN. She paints images of strong women and sisterhood on wood panels. She has a beautiful Art Deco style. I am inspired by her use of proportion and her mixture of large flat shapes and detailed pattern. I also love her use of color.

4. Puddleton Art

Acrylic and Pressed flowers on sheet music Via 

I found Puddleton art on Etsy one day while I was browsing and I fell in love. It is my goal to own a piece of her art one day!  I am inspired by her whimsical style and her use of mixed media to create these beautiful images of 1920s fashion.

5. Mimi Kirchner

Mimi Kirchner dolls via

Mimi Kirchner is a fiber artist from Boston. She makes these amazing dolls, many of which are inspired by vintage eras. She uses bits of old fabric and buttons in her designs. I love the vintage feel and her attention to detail. My favorites are her circus looking dolls , but they are all so unique and fun!

I would love to hear some of your inspirations as artists. Feel free to share some of what inspires you to create or a favorite artist of yours in the comments below!


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