A question I get asked a lot is, “have you been drawing your whole life?” The short answer is, “Yes”. The long answer is this…
It all started with a birthday gift from my Grandma Francis. She gave me a set of Sakura watercolor paint tubes. Tubes like toothpaste, where you squeeze out liquid color and dilated it with water. Fascinated by it, I, 7 years old then, thought, “I can do so much more with this paint! (…and I did.)
Growing up, art was the only thing I was noticeably talented at compared to my other siblings. At a young age, art is where I found my self-worth.
I grew up on a beef farm where work ethic was valued above all else. You didn’t have to be pretty to bale hay. Painting pretty people came from wanting to give homage to it. My art before art school was about simple beauty for beauty sake.
I was classically trained: BFA in studio arts, studied renaissance art in Italy, and figure drawing at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I focused on figurative painting. I was trained to render the figure well to express what the painting’s message.
Over the next 20 years, I continued to focus on figurative painting. In that time, I had a strong studio practice and created a lot of work while having a day-job. I worked substantial hours at both the day-job and art.
Presently, I am a full-time artist. I have a beautiful white-walled art space I call my sanctuary in Aurora, IL. I am active in the art community and bring my 2 and 4-year-old with me everywhere. Art and life are fully intertwined. I still continue to draw beautiful figurative images.
Questions? Contact me at http://maysmayhew.com/contact/