Kelly Carmody is a painter based in Waltham, MA, who focuses on portraits and still life.
In her still life, Carmody works in a painterly, immediate approach, and has an interestingly different common theme of dead birds along with the more expected florals, food and vessels. Not a completely unusual theme for artists, particularly going back to Baroque still life that features game birds, but Carmody’s approach is different enough to make you take notice.
In her portraits, she appears to work with more refined brushwork. Her subjects — captured either as bust or full length portraits — have an interesting variety of personality types, though in several, particularly those of young girls, Carmody has brought out their defiant side, as though confronting both the painter and the viewer with an attitude of “I’m who I am, whether you like it or not.”
A number of her portraits (for example, those in ovals, above) are done at small size of roughly 5×7. Carmody calls these “Portraits in Little” and has a separate website devoted to them.
Carmody conducts regular classes in her Waltham studio, as well as occasionally conducting workshops.
Kelly Carmody’s work is currently on display in a solo show at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston titled Kelly Carmody: Evocations that runs until December 9, 2015.
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Georgia based Annie Stegg is an illustrator, concept artist, character designer and gallery artist who works in the vein of fantasy art. Her clients include Ballistic Publishing, Apple, Android, Hi-Rez Studios, Tiki Games, Addicting Games, and SPIL Games.
In her personal work, Stegg appears to take inspiration both from Golden Age fantasy illustrators like Rackham, Dulac and Parrish, and from the 18th century Rococo artists who incorporated intricately detailed design elements into their paintings.
Stegg’s take on folklore and mythical themes often revolves around female characters in lavish dress, surrounded by lush idealized vegetation and the kind of storybook animals who interact with people in fairy tales.
She works oil and acrylic, as well as colored pencil and watercolor. On both her website and blog, you will often find images of work in progress or in her studio environment, in which you can get an idea of the textural aspect of her paintings and the variation in scale at which she works.
A number of Stegg’s paintings are currently on view at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA, in a show she shares with her husband, fantasy illustrator Justin Gerard. Some of the works are collaborative. The exhibition runs until November 29, 2015.
There is an amusing 2013 interview with Stegg, conducted by Gerard, on Muddy Colors, and a video interview with both Stegg and Gerard for One Fantastic Week on YouTube.