As you probably know by now but just in case you missed it: this month I worked on putting together a digital show of sorts with Liz Lidgett and her incredible gallery. Liz and I have a bit of a mutual appreciation society and I am such a fan of hers! One thing I have always loved about Liz and her gallery is her dedication to seeking out and supporting incredible female artists. I also really appreciate her commitment to educating the general public (me) about art, why it matters, how to collect, etc. I’ve learned so much from her and loved the Q&A post that she did for me a couple weeks ago… it’s an incredible resource for anyone looking to learn more about art and collecting, or thinking about making their first big art purchase!
But anyway, Liz represents so many amazing, talented artists, many of whom are featured in our little show… today I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites. Also: we refreshed the page with a few new pieces… if you use code Grace you can take 10% off any of the featured pieces.
8 Female Artists to Follow + Support
I found Lesley Grainger’s work via Liz’s gallery and immediately fell in love. I love her bold, abstract, colorful pieces. Lesley was born in Yorkshire, England, where she grew up in a small Northern fishing town, and currently resides in Orange County, California. She began her career as a graphic designer, then produced children’s books and licensed artwork, but has focused on abstract painting for the past ten years. Follow Lesley on Instagram.
Karin Olah’s pieces are so special – I love how she works textiles into her paintings! She combines hand-dyed fabric and paint to create her signature multi-layered (mostly landscape) paintings. And she paints everything from seascapes to farmscapes and abstract expressionism. She is currently based in Charleston and I should note that her pieces are really reasonably priced! Follow Karin on Instagram.
Of all the artists featured in today’s post, Michelle is the one I’ve loved/supported/known of the longest… I think my sister first shared her work with me ten years ago or so? She grew up in Texas, surrounded by a vibrant Spanish family and now lives with her daughter and husband in Atlanta. I absolutely love everything she does, especially her totems (watching her paint on Instagram is one of my favorite ways to de-sress!). Follow Michelle on Instagram.
I first learned about Betsy Enzensberger via Stephanie Roberts (they did a collab together a year or two ago) and immediately bought a rainbow popsicle sculpture – it just made me happy! Betsy was born and raised in New York and now resides in LA. I love this quote from her about her work. “Resin – I love it. It’s beautiful, sexy, mysterious. It’s also toxic, messy, and annoyingly exhausting to create. However, I enjoy the challenges that resin presents. There’s just something about it I can’t resist. If the process was easy, I wouldn’t be doing it.” Follow Betsy on Instagram.
The first time I saw one of Elisa Sheehan’s pieces (on Liz’s instagram!), my jaw actually dropped – I love what she does and have never seen anything like it! Inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi (where broken pottery is repaired with gold, and rather than hiding the break or flaw it is highlighted!), she does these incredible eggshell paintings (many of which include gold leaf “cracks.” Really unique and special. Follow Elisa on Instagram.
As a major fan of stripes (duh) I immediately fell in love with Katie Craig’s work, especially her bold colorful stripe pieces like the one above… I really love the color combinations she chose to use; they’re unexpected and manage to be both playful and elegant. It’s worth noting that if you can’t afford an original but love her work, she also has a shop on Minted. Katie grew up in California but now lives in Texas with her family. Follow Katie on Instagram.