Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.
Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work.
You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:
Background: I am a sophomore at Highland Park High School interested in art and animation. I want to pursue a career in animation.
Inspiration: I am inspired by music and animate works.
Christi Meril has been creating mixed media art filled with simple and connectable images since 2006. She has devoted herself as an artist to create images that speak to the eye and heart of the beholder. Her artwork is filled with modern yet timeless pieces full of life, self-reflection and love. Over the years, her work has appeared in ArtHouse Dallas, The Thrift Studio, Dallas, The Dallas Flea, The Jewish Art Fest of Dallas, Arts and Tarts, open shows at the 500X Gallery and sold locally. She is also found in personal collections from California to New York and abroad. Christi resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two daughters, two standard poodles and English bulldog.
To see her art, please visit cmerilart.com.
When it comes to art and design, I truly just paint what makes me happy. I really donʼt have any set rules which allows me to experiment with abstracts but also try my hand at a portrait or landscape too. Trying new techniques and playing with different color combinations is my favorite part about this process. I just keep painting and tweaking until the piece feels balanced to me. My inspiration comes from my everyday life… it might be colors from an amazing interior design, a fun fashion layout, or even a sporting event. I work primarily with acrylics and mixed mediums to create layers of depth and texture. I still paint almost all of my work with a big blank wall in my own home in mind! My husband and I both grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving around from Chicago to Virginia, we have settled in Dallas with our three boys(lots of sports to inspire me!) I canʼt imagine a day in my life without a little paint in it!
In her own words: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in art. As a child, I loved to draw and color, and I was always told by others that I was artistic. It wasn’t until the late nineties when I was teaching ESL to pre-kindergarten children, that I rekindled my true passion for art. When teaching, I often created my own props to go with my lessons, and it occurred to me that this part of my job was extremely rewarding and it was then that I decided to go back to school to pursue an art degree. After some investigation, I discovered the perfect field….art education! I already had the education background, and that would sustain me through the art study.
I started back to night school the next fall and I learned so much about the various aspects of art, that during the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Italy to see some of the Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo, DaVinci, and others. I knew immediately that I would somehow find a way to return to Europe to study more art. The following spring, my ESL job was reduced to a half-day, but there was also a position opening for a half-day art teacher, as well. I took the ESL/ART position and began my career as an art teacher. I learned many practical things such as how to use a kiln, how to order art supplies, etc.
I also managed to return to Europe for the next two summers to complete my twelve elective courses in study abroad programs. The first summer I studied in Venice where I learned about techniques and materials of Venetian art, as well as paintings by the great masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. The next summer was spent in the south of France where I studied impressionism and Post Impressionism and traced the paths of Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Signac, and others.
After teaching prekindergarten for several years, I transferred to a middle school and began teaching a half day of ESL and a half day of art. After two years, I became a full-time art teacher and remained in this position until I retired. I spent the next fe years completing my dissertation, which involved a study of three contemporary art museums in Texas, and the correlation between their exhibits and societal change. It was during this time that I developed a love and appreciation for contemporary and abstract art, an area that had previously been somewhat of a mystery to me.
Last summer I took a course on art and its markets at Sotheby’s Art Institute in London, England. It helped me to further understand how art is simply and expression of oneself, and how one views the world. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, just one’s own artistic interpretation of life. That brings me to today, where I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I have a small art studio where I spend most days painting and experiencing the joy and freedom that comes through self-expression.
B.A. in art from Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none.
Inspired by ordinary moments, rainy days, and quietness.
In her own words: The gentle flame of my creativity has always been kindled through imagination and storytelling. As a child I would often sketch out half written stories inspired by my surroundings, which continued as I grew into a young adult. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA degree in animation in hopes to pursue a career that would kindle my passion. I moved back to my home town in Texas and became a motion graphics artist at a small company. After creating many corporate-type videos, I realized that my creative fire was going out. I had been stuck in my comfort zone for a year and a half, and I felt like God was telling me it was finally time to step out. So, I left my job without any clue as to what to do next. I believed that God would not leave me in the desert to wander aimlessly with no manna to eat. He knows what he is doing! Many doors of opportunity began to open, and I discovered that my love for art and storytelling as a child was something I wanted to pursue. I realized that my vibrantly colorful and whimsical artwork brings joy to both children and adults, and is a reflection of God’s light, laughter and child-like delight. I am now a freelance children’s book illustrator and I am continuing to follow the path God continues to light for me.
Inspiration: I am first inspired by God and all of his wonders, whether it is through the vibrant colors of the galaxy or through the messages of beautifully orchestrated music. I also draw inspiration from many concept/development artists who work on animated films that tell a story and from children’s book illustrators as well.