Hobby Parent is an artist, teacher and coach living and working in her home & studio West of Charlottesville, Virginia, in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoying nature and its vast sources of artistic inspiration. She works in acrylics, watercolor and mixed media, as well as graphic and web design. She began painting, drawing, and illustrating in high school. Throughout her young life she was asked to draw or illustrate images for friends and earned her nickname “Hobby” from drawing dozens of horses in grade school.
She is especially intrigued by organic elements from nature expressing her love of the outdoors. Combining a number of mixed media techniques inspired by natural objects, vintage collections, color & form, as well as abstract and cosmic elements, her compositions create a uniquely mystical union.
Hobby attended Mary Washington College with a major in Studio Art under the instruction of Joseph DiBella and developed a love of Art History taught by Joseph Dreiss. John Lamph, an printmaker and abstract interpreter of intuitive feelings, influenced by Japanese printmaking and Zen philosophy, was another influence at MWC.
Through continuous and dedicated learning about art and design later at community college, she was lead to a career in marketing and production, becoming well versed in digital skills required for logo design, marketing collateral, advertising, presentation and publication for a number of large companies. Social media marketing and web design are technical skills she acquired through continuing education and has applied in free lance and community service projects.
Her inspiration comes from well known women artists such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, as well as lesser known Elyssa Rundle. The influence of art techniques by Flora Bowley and Tracy Verdugo, map making by Jill K Berry and the textile art of Liz Kettle, along with hours of perusing museum exhibits are often incorporated into Hobby’s work.
She belongs to a lineage of artists beginning with Lenora Strauss, Sue Hoya Sellers, and she has been fortunate to study with and be inspired by their protégé, Artist & Maestra Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis, in the Intentional Creativity Method of painting. Hobby’s grandfather, Ernest Brooks, was an artist and both her adopted parents, Tomboy & Hilda Hobbs, were musicians, crafters, and home builders.
Through online mixed media education, as well as in-studio instruction, the craft of spiritual journey, sacred mark making, and intuitive art is a culmination of Hobby’s past education and current pursuit of expressive arts in healing and transformation for women and all people.
“My intention for art and paintings is to inspire and uplift those who view my work, challenging them to see beyond what is visible to the eye, connecting with their heart. I make marks, choose colors, intuitively expressing my passion and what arrives through visioning and art journaling as I connect with the canvas and paint. The ability to make art, teach, coach and use creativity to inspire and heal is a great privilege.”
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