My Magnolia series started when I was painting a model in my studio in profile the same day my Magnolia tree was blooming. The blooms were so beautiful and I wanted to preserve them. I was at a point where I wanted to take the look of my work from classic to more contemporary. I liked the idea of fusing figure and portrait with nature and looked to the garden of florals I had planted in my yard for inspiration.

Painting The Figure Now @Wausau Museum Of Contemporary Art

In case you have been transported from a different universe, let me tell you something about Beautiful Bizarre Magazine ~ we love the figure! Figurative art is at the heart of our aesthetic, and we are always overjoyed to see and promote this art oeuvre at every possible opportunity. We are very excited to be able to tell you, then, about the latest exhibition organised by the wonderful people at Poets & Artists and co-curated by Didi Menendez and Walt Morton. To be held at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, in Wausau, Wisconsin, this exhibition features many friends of Beautiful Bizarre, including issue 019 cover artist Tim Okamura, and others whose work we have long admired and are thrilled to see featured!

Why Artists Do What They Do - Teresa Elliott

I became aware of Teresa Elliot’s work in 2012, when her painting ‘Deliverance’ has earned a top award at the 2012 Art Renewal Center International Salon.

It is a truly striking piece. Described with words, it’s a realistic work showing three adolescent children interacting in a natural pool of mud. One would imagine that a lot of mud in a painting wouldn’t necessarily involve a feast for the eyes in terms of interplay of saturated colours and light — but that is exactly what is enticing about this painting.