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Monica Moody

Artist's Profile

I have dabbled in one artistic endeavor or another for most of my life but never felt like I had found my medium until I discovered alcohol inks in 2011.

Though I describe alcohol inks as bipolar, intense, unforgiving and unpredictable, I feel that the difficulty to control the medium for representational painting has improved my focus and given me a new creative edge. The inks can be incredibly frustrating and freeing at the same time!

In addition to painting with this relatively new medium, I also enjoy creating detailed black and white illustrations, doodles, and zentangles.

Mixed media projects, combining illustration with alcohol ink painting, provide the challenge that I crave and satisfy my inherent "creative A.D.D."

I have recently (2014) taken an interest in other artsy endeavors and am adding pyrography (woodburning) and Gelli/monoprinting to my repertoire. I am also exploring the use of Panpastels in mixed media.

As for my subjects, I simply paint what entertains, fascinates, inspires or motivates me. Though subjects may vary, some recurring themes prevail: music, nature, and anatomy.

My work celebrates the spirit of fun and experimentation, and I feel that my creative process is more like that of a mad scientist in a laboratory than an artist in a studio. There are more household items and medical supplies - isopropyl alcohol, eyedroppers, q-tips, felt, sponges, wax paper, aluminum foil, etc. - in my "studio" (which for now is my kitchen table) than there are traditional artists' tools.

I have worked as a graphic designer for many years and suspect that this influences my style. I tend to be a perfectionist but have learned to appreciate, and even sometimes rely on, "happy little accidents".


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