is my sanctuary.
driven to paint;
to deisgn; to empty out.
I was born in Alton, IL in 1951. At a young age,
I discovered a passion for color, design and innovation. Oddly
though, I did not discover I had fine arts talent until I was in my
late 50s. Throughtout my career, most of my creative talents were
used in the business of branding and marketing communications.
The other thing I discovered as a young woman was a genuine love for
adventure, philosophy, the outdoors and the human spirit. I valued
learning & self discovery which ultimately led me to pursue a full
time career in art and design...
Loved taking magazine images
of interest and pasting them onto
construction paper, creating my own unique layout. I used these
as a way of visualizing my goals.
Played with an Etch-A-Sketch
for years as a youth, challenging myself to draw
pictures with curves and shapes.
Remember taking my Mother's
perfume box and totally transforming it into a different type of
packaging -- pasting beautiful, expressive words & images about the
perfume I cut out of magazines.
In the late 80s, I was
introduced to digital art and became hooked. Self-taught, I spent a
lot of time learning from trial and error and being a sponge around
others light years ahead of me.
In 2007, I took an interesting
road in my life as a caregiver for my Mother. To maintain a healthy
balance, I began teaching myself how to digitally paint without the
use of any scans or photographs--completely from scratch. Best thing
i ever did because it opened up several hidden talents as an artist.
creative process expands and evolves through the daily discipline of
digital painting, illustration, and design. It is not the "digital"
medium by which I have chosen to express myself that makes me an
artist. It is a way of life. It is a way of moving through the
world; aware of all the beauty that exists and a strong desire to
connect with the feminine and sensual.
Prior to becoming a fine artist and designer in
2007, I was a branding and marketing communications consultant.
I am grateful for all of the opportunities I was given and the joy of
helping so many businesses and individuals define and design a brand
image and identity. However, I knew it was time to open a
new door. Intuitively, I committed to the life of being a full time
artist, designer and illustrator.
Between 2008 to 2012, I traveled the country
promoting my fine art digital paintings at art festivals. I won numerous
art awards for best in digital art (speficially, digital painting). In
2012, I took a break from working art festivals to focus on local shows.
By 2015, I was evolving my art more into design
& illustration. I realized that I had more to learn so took online
courses on surface pattern design which was a long time interest.
Today, I am focused on surface pattern designs.
I love it when art design & products come together in perfect harmony.
I'm discovering that it is very soul-filling and feels profoundly
naturel. It's like being a kid again with my etch-a-sketch... seeing
what I could create. Only now, I'm using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.
Blessings, Genece L. Hamby