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by Kelley Hensing
My morning stop for coffee also happens to be a flower shop, and they had some lovely bouquets of flowers on display that offered some nice references. (Picture included.) As my fascination with carnivorous plants continues, I wanted to further explore this theme with the surreal in mind. You never know what might actually exist out there, so be careful where you walk this spring.
The piece is an original pencil drawing, embellished with acrylic paint using my airbrush to darken the mouths and shadows. I also refinished a worn antique frame (it has a few thin cracks/chips) to give it a smooth grey-to-black fade around the sides. The corners have tiny flower carvings that pair nicely with the piece.
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Bio: Kelley is inspired by the mysterious. She grew up in a house by the woods surrounded by animals and wilderness, so many of her themes bring together strange nature, mortality and spirituality. Using archetypes of characters from folklore and myth as well as her own stories, she enjoys portraying unusual tales that symbolize our emotions and fears.
Kelley is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of design. Her favorite mediums are oils on wood and pencil on paper, and she loves to create her work by hand. Her favorite genres range from gothic and steampunk to classic fantasy and legends. Traveling is her only other passion equal to a career in art and is a vital component in inspiring her work.
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