Lucky for the world, there is no lack of creativity around us. We receive tons of submissions every month, and instead of hoarding all of the beautiful work to ourselves, we’re deciding to share it with you. Here’s our list of the top 10 artists to watch this month.
Josette’s spectacular surreal illustrations combine organic shapes with intricate line work.
“I draw inspiration from animals, the inner workings of anatomy, mythology and mix it all together with a surreal twist. Recently I’ve been trying to push brighter colors and shameless clutter while containing it all with intricate line work. I want to engage the viewers who care about the details as much as I do.”
Makenna Hatter generally works with a combination of acrylic ink, oil ink, and epoxy resin all on 2D surfaces.
She is obsessed with color, and uses her materials to create unique pieces that are the result of the reaction between the ink and resin.
“When I accept that my materials can behave unpredictably, and just let them work on the canvas organically, my work typically turns out beautifully. Using these materials has been a valuable life lesson in letting go.”
The layered effect she achieves with each painting “forces people to stop, look, and feel my artwork.”
Tim is a talented painter from San Antonio who created this piece as a tribute to his friend’s son.
“I have a friend who has a son the same age as mine (5 months old) who was born with a heart defect. Her husband enjoys working with wood so using a wood panel instead of a canvas just made sense. I have been experimenting with glazing with acrylic paints for the last few months. I start with a rough black and grey underpainting and build up white highlights as I go. Once everything is dry I base down high quality acrylic paints with water and clear acrylic medium to make transparent colors. I build up the layers of color to add depth while adding some layers of white between colors to highlights. I still have a lot to learn but I have enjoyed glazing a lot more than how I have learned to paint over the last however many years.”
Eris Gentle combines her experience working as both a figure art model and a figurative artist through each piece she creates.
She is “enchanted by the creative collaborative exchange that takes place between these art forms.”
Amanda uses miniature figurines to play with perspective. They are set in the backdrop of the landscapes she discovers in world around her.
“I chose them because there is a playfulness to them and with a little bit of imagination you can create almost anything. There is a nostalgic element as it reminds me of watching films like The Borrower’s and imagining that these tiny little people are going about their day in our big bad world.”
6Thedocia Autumn Mae Crocker
Thedocia delves into various art forms including glass, photography, paper making and print making. She has spent fifteen years “playing with glass,” a material she says “allows her breath to take shape.”
“What made me fall in love with glass? Its strength, its heat, its miraculous nature, its confounding complicated existence as a whole? Well yes, that, and one most impressive quality: its compatibility with all the elements. That is to say, glass blowing is one of the only art industries that utilizes all of the elements to create and be created.”
In her recent work, she has explored creating glass flowers and flower pendants.
Mike Melinoe explores his creativity in both his paintings and music. Through his lyrics and painting style, Mike is able to evolve his craft while also carrying out his mission to inspire others.
Mike calls his style “Shades of Hospitality,” which refers to different stages of the human experience. “Overtime people tend to carry good or bad baggage everyday in our life, which sometimes either make or break us as humans. The colors represent the energy at the present moment.”
Chelsea uses everything from taxidermy bones to cigarettes to create her colorful collages. She chooses each material to tell her personal story while also provoking feelings for viewers, like discomfort, that can be present in her life.
“Esoteric imagery and goddesses give off the kind of vibe I’m looking for. I like anything powerful but also a little unsettling too. I want my artwork to give off a bit of discomfort, so if someone hangs it in their house, guests feel a bit uncomfortable, that same kind of discomfort feeling I have in everyday life interacting with people.”
Claudia’s recent photography series explores the transformation of 3D spaces into 2D forms. The inspiration for her recent work came from a visit to the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
“My work in photography aims to be aware of the transformative effects the lens has on space and objects. The transformation from 3D material to flat image to a printed or digital product changes the way the viewer receives the work. This thinking came to fruition in White Sands National Monument, where signifiers of depth disappear and leave you in a disorienting lunar landscape. The setting broke every vista into flat bands of color, and every person or plant into a repeated symbol. The results were images that were hyper-compressed, graphic, and pictorial.”
It’s not too hard to guess where Sarah gets her inspiration from. She creates art that reflects her love of the horror genre while experimenting with various materials in the process.
“The materials I use are anything and everything I can find laying around to help create my twisted visions. I use still life photography to illustrate little tales of terror. Give me a hammer, and I WILL give you still life death in RGB!”
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