I was born and raised in New Orleans. From a very young age, I loved drawing and creating in vibrant colors. After attending the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts throughout high school, I moved on to get my BFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute in New York. My paintings developed after a long hiatus in which my work was digital. In 2014, broke and disenchanted with the art world, I moved back to New Orleans and found myself with only the materials I used for painting in high school. It was then that I really fell in love with painting as a medium. I am now happily re-teaching myself to paint in my own way at my studio in the Bywater.
Artist + Maddie Stratton
Describe your art in three words. Vibrant, Instinctive, emotional
Describe yourself in one word. Interested
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? New Orleans is so lush, I am always amazed with all the different plants that can grow here. It makes it seem like anything is possible.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I often find poses I like on Instagram or in a magazine. Usually just use them as a starting point and go from there. I did a painting recently based on a perfume add in a magazine that is obviously meant to be 'sexy' or alluring. The people portrayed are disproportional and awkward. I think I take issue with the construct of "beauty"
Where do you draw inspiration? I draw inspiration from people I see, usually ones that I don't know. I love the weird and the awkward.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus? David Hockney, Kerry James Marshall, Alex Katz, Maira Kalman, Picasso
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? I love most music. I especially love music that gives me energy when I paint. I think that a song that would best describe my work would be some kind of melodramatic love ballad.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? I am the Co-Director of 5 Press Gallery at NOCCA, so helping to put together shows!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I love dusk in any season, the lighting is beauuutiful and the sky is usually my favorite color, pink.
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