Happy 2014, Artsies! I can hardly believe we have turned the calendar over to a new year so soon! 2013 was a year filled with changes and opportunities, some worked out, some didn’t, but I hope we all have come out stronger and wiser and read to take on the world in the year ’14! I’ve lined up a slew of fabulous artists taking part in the monthly Featured Artist program ( going strong for nearly 2 years now! ) for this year and am excited to kick off the year with the lovely work of Memphis artist Christy Kinard, who’ll be gracing the blog and AF social media all this month!
Like me, Christy is a Southern girl whose work lovingly reflects the bounty and color of life in the South. Southerners in general are great lovers of beauty, and often lovingly tend gardens exploding with color. In these mixed media paintings, Christy weaves a tale of Southern charm and tradition, taking inspiration not only from Southern gardens and flora, but also from quilt making and childhood memories.
Her work has layers of texture and color, much like life anywhere, deeply rich and filled with meaning, memory and secrets. The bouquets she chooses to paint aren’t necessarily prim and proper, they’re a bit messy and beautiful in their imperfections.
To more work from Christy Kinard, please visit her website and Facebook page. And while you’re doing the Facebook thing, head over to the Artsy Forager page to check out Christy’s cover art and an album of some of my personal favorites from her portfolio!
All images via the artist’s website.