Collaboration is King!

As an artist, I had up until recently, never collaborated. But I had this idea for a show at our studios where we would all collaborate. And thanks to two of my studio mates at Winter Street, it became a reality. What I was not prepared for was how it would change my work and lead me down a new path. When you are working with another artist, you must think of your own art in a different light and scale. How can it be powerful and yet not overshadow your partner’s art? I worked with three other artists and had a wonderful experience with all of them. Above is a piece I did with Monica Melgar Art… her abstract background worked perfectly with the story I laid down on top of it… called “That Magic Moment”…it’s big… 36 x 72 inches. If you are in the Houston area, the “Come Together Collaborative Show” is on view through August both upstairs and downstairs at Winter Street Studios. Over 100 artists collaborated… don’t miss seeing it!

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April Murphy

When I was in college, I was captivated by a painting at a nearby art museum: “The River Seine at Chatou” by Andre Derain. I would go and sit in front of it every week. Something about the colors…It JUST made me feel good. No matter what my mood, when I looked at it, I smiled. When I left, I felt happy. My goal as an artist is to do for others what Derain did for lighten a mood and bring a smile….a pretty top-knotch way to make a living in my book!

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