Bexx: Porfolio - My Wonderful Watercolor World
This is my Portfolio: My Wonderful Watercolor World. It consists of art that I have been making since 2008. But don’t you worry, it has are more than just watercolors in it.
As an artist, I have always been interested in many different styles of art. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to test and explore them to my little heart’s content, through classes and individual interest. I have been blessed with having very encouraging and inspiring mentors in my life.
My interest in art started off with my love of drawing. I developed these skills through private art classes in elementary school. I continued working on these skills in high school. I also started painting with both acrylics and watercolors.
After I graduated from high school, I packed up my bags and headed to Winnipeg. In Winnipeg I attended art school at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. It is here where I really started to expand my horizons and get out of my comfort zone.
In university, I continued drawing and painting. However, I began pushing the boundaries of what I could do with each respected media. I had a new love of fabric that consumed me. Fabric became a staple in most of my classes and projects. My paintings became “fabric paintings”. My photography included weird backdrops of scrap fabric tapped to walls. In printmaking, I did projects about the history of bed sheets. There was one class where I sewed fish in three different ways. Then, in my thesis year, I did a project called My Body. This body of working consisted of giant sewn beings.
It is in university where my style and voice matured. Although, I did go a little crazy and made some bizarre projects… but that is expected from an art student.
Real World Life
Time for a switch of style in my portfolio.
Since graduation, I feel like I am finally finding my footing and am making the art I really want to. I am proud to call myself an artist. There was this pressure in art school to make contemporary, un-cliched art. I was scared to make kitschy or cliche art. Now, that is my jam. I am all over the kitsch! The art versus craft debate no longer crosses my mind. I simply make whatever I want.
Painting is still a large part of my art practice (mainly watercolors, but occasionally acrylics). I am constantly working on some sort of sewing project – whether it be practical, decoration, or a pretty piece of art. Also, I still pull out my camera once and awhile. Honestly, the biggest difference is my subject matter. My style is a lot lighter, and happier now than it was. I paint things that make me happy, I like to use all the colors when I sew, I smile more.
Don’t get my wrong, art school is great. I learned so much when I was there. It is nice being graduated though. I took control of my own happiness and artistic destiny.
Thank you for reading, please stay a while, and enjoy looking through my portfolio. You can watch me grow and change as an artist over the years!
xoxox Bexx oxoxo