- Artist Statement
- Artistic Process
My love of art stems from a life long joy of learning. This joy translates into excitement and energy when I am in my studio creating, experimenting and, ultimately, learning! I strive to capture this energy in my paintings of coastal scenes, animals, and people.
I work primarily in acrylic paint in a loose, realistic style. I am fascinated by texture and blurring the line between canvas and sculpture. Although nature is my subject, I intensify the viewing experience with brighter colors, unusual viewpoints, and vivid texture.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in 1995. Before and after graduation I participated in several art groups in North Carolina and displayed work in multiple shows. After moving to Texas in 1996, I was active in area art groups and was accepted into several juried shows and won a few awards. After the birth of my second child in 1998, I put my art career on hold until the fall of 2006 when my youngest child entered Kindergarten.
I entered three local juried shows in the Spring of 2006 and was accepted into all three with different artwork and won a award for Beach Bunny at the Richardson Civic Art Society 40th Annual Regional Juried Show. Since the fall of 2006, I have illustrated a children's book, begun participating in area art festivals and doing artwork by commission. I also teach art to students aged preschool through adult in my home studio/classroom.
1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
2007 Twisted Zen, Sachse, TX
1997 Collin County Association of Realtors, Meeting Room, Plano, TX
2007 Irving Art Association's Annual Wildlife Show, Center for the Arts, Irving, TX.
2006 PlanoArt Association's National Juried Exhibition, ArtCentre, Plano, TX
2006 Artists' Showplace 2006 Juried Exhibition. Artists' Showplace, Richardson, TX,
2006 Richardson CAS Regional Juried Show, Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX.
1996 Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Cary Spring Daze Festival, Cary, NC.
1995 Juried Senior Exhibition, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
1994 All Students’ Juried Exhibition, McIver Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
1998 Plano Art Association Members' Exhibition, Plano Municipal Center, Plano, TX.
1998 Nature Photography Exhibition, The Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney, TX.
1997 Autumn Artists Exhibition, Collin County Community College Plano, TX.
1997 Plano Art Association Fall Members' Exhibition, Plano Municipal Center, Plano, TX.
1997 Collin County Adult Art Show, Gallery of Heard-Craig Auditorium, McKinney, TX.
1997 Plano Art Association Spring Members' Exhibition, ArtCentre, Plano, TX.
1996 Group Exhibition, Glenaire Retirement Community, Cary, NC.
1995 Wake Hospital Gallery, Wake Medical Center, Cary, NC.
1995 Three-Woman Show, Jordan Arts Center, Cary, NC.
2006 Asel Art Merchant Award - Beach Bunny - RCAS 40th Annual Regional Juried Show.
1998 Honorable Mention, Collage - Sun Gift - Plano Art Association Members' Exhibition.
1997 First Place, Pastel - Professional - Broken Ladies - Collin County Adult Art Show.
2006-Present Charlotte B. DeMolay Art Studio, Owner, Preschool-Adult, Sachse, TX.
2005-2006 Wylie Preparatory Academy, Art Department Head, Wylie, TX.
2004-2006 Wylie Preparatory Academy, Ages 6-16, Wylie, TX.
2001 Wylie Preparatory Academy, Ages 6-13, Wylie, TX.
1998 The Classics, Ages 5-11, Plano, TX.
I have worked mostly in pastels for the past 11 years, dabbling some in acrylics and watercolors. Over the past couple of years, I have been drawn to working with larger and larger formats. It was becoming increasingly difficult to create large format pastels when I was looking for paper on which to create them and the matting and glass to frame them. I began to experiment in acrylic paint as a possibility for large format paintings and have fallen in love with thish medium.
For subject matter I normally turn towards my favorite inspiration: the coast and wildlife as well as farm and domestic animals. I work from photographs but I am not a photo realist or photo copier. I either use several photos and pull what strikes me from each or I pull the basic composition from one photo and add my own creative interpretation to it.
I start with a gallery-wrapped, stretched, cotton, pre-primed canvas. Sometimes I stretch the canvas myself, especially for works four feet or larger to ensure a solid frame. I then add a layer of modeling paste with a palette knife to create a base of texture. Next I sketch an underdrawing with diluted paint, blocking in the main forms. I fill in these forms with a base color using a palette knife and creating even more texture. Then, depending on the subject, I'll either switch to large brushes or continue painting with knives building up each layer of tone and value. Any small details are added by brush at the end of the painting process. By the end of the painting there is rich surface texture and energetic look to the canvas.
I use collages to recharge my creative batteries. Taking bits and pieces of texture and color and creating mini-environment frees me from trying to make the painting "look" like something and instead help it "feel" like something. Often I am inspired by a previous painting, study, or sketch. Whenever I do a collage, I try to incorporate a piece of existing artwork or I create a new painting or drawing for the collage. Sometimes my collages are "double-signed"..once on the original painting and again on the collage.