paintings-of-women

Since I am having to take a couple days off from my new projects, I figured I could post one of my older ones from 2015 from my series “American Wilderness”, which was my first solo show of my career at Roq La Rue Gallery:


“Vulpes vulpes”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen  on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ inches by 24 inches (22 inches by 28 inches framed in custom black frame)


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     In this post, I would like to talk about one of my favorite artists: Chiara Bautista. Bautista is an Illustrator living in Mexico. In past interviews, she’s said that her art is inspired by her relationship with a loved one. The image above, Finders Keepers, shown was one of the first illustrations I saw from her. Chiara is an amazing artist, and I would like to take the time to talk about why she is an inspiration to other illustrators.

   Before diving into a conversation about Finders Keepers, let’s consider Bautista’s background. While she does work as an illustrator, the work she’s famous for is unrelated. Her best works tell the viewers stories with moody characters and a few simple words. For the incredible work that Chiara creates, never does she make work for commission. Chiara Bautista does her for herself first, and thousands of people love it. What a wonderful example of true illustration.

   Finders Keepers is an interesting piece to me. Firstly, it reminds me of the long-distance relationship I share with my boyfriend. When you can’t easily see someone you love, creating stories with each other can make the distance feel less awful. I too have referenced my and David’s relationship in my work, because it’s one place that he and I can be ‘together’. Secondly, being a woman in the art world is hard. Using ‘girly’ ideas in your work can feel risky, or like your work won’t be respected. Chiara Bautista makes these images to express her love, so I don’t believe she was scared to be feminine in her work. This fearlessness is a glimmer that maybe there is room in the art world for women to express their feminine emotions and be taken seriously.