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Layla Luna

I (Lisa) met Layla Luna at Arizona State University. She had a cool name, cool hair, cool paintings, on top of all that, she is incredibly kind and hard working as well! She has always had a knack for great color schemes and compositions. A defining aspect of Layla Luna's studio practice is making work in series. Each body of work may differ from one to the next in regards to materials used and specific themes, but two reoccurring interests serve as a common link: our interaction with nature and the attachments we place on objects, spaces, and architecture. The Idea of home, as well as its physical structure, has come to embody these interests. Luna was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975. She received an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in 2016 and a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2008. She studied at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2011. Artist-in-residenc

Sarah Gil

I (Lisa) had the privilege of meeting today's featured artist, Sarah Gil, when she curated a show I was involved in at Seattle's Sockshop University. Anyone can see she has talent and passion for the arts, and I was shocked to learn she did not study fine art. I had to tell Alexa about the gifted, kind, all around awesome curator of the exhibit, and it was evident we had to include her in Pretty Girls Making Cool Shit! Sarah Gil has always been inspired by the challenge of capturing a person or animal's personality in her paintings. With a self-taught background in pencil, ink, acrylic, and watercolor, in 2015 she began to focus her craft on oil painting. And has dove head first into creating large-scale oil and mixed media portraits ever since. Sarah works out of her home/studio in Tacoma's Lincoln district. She moved there March 2017 from San Francisco's Bay Area and is happy to become part of such a supportive artist commu

Qimmy Shimmy

Insanely detailed sculptures featuring body parts and references to food?! We're into it! Very excited to feature the work of Qimmy Shimmy!  Lim Qi Xuan (b. 1991), better known by her moniker, QimmyShimmy, is an artist/designer from Singapore. Her artistic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities, time-travel and her yearning for worlds natural and made-believe. Her intricate sculptures thread on the fine line between horror and beauty, questioning what we find repulsive or desirable. Her works breathe curiosity and dark humor into everyday objects. By blending the familiar and the strange, her works strive to create tension between two worlds-the world we already know, and the other we can only imagine. You can find her at and on Instagram @qimmyshimmy

Frances Sousa

Color, texture, beautiful mark making, mixed media, vintage textiles! Give us more! Works by Toronto based Frances Sousa. Sousa's work focuses on the relationship between medium and form. Her practice explores combinations of paint, photography, collage and textiles. Her designs are colorful and avant-garde, disorderly and ethereal. Find Sousa online at Http:// and on Instagram @frances.sousa

Ingrid V. Wells

What can we say, we love pink! Naturally, we had to feature the work of Ingrid V Wells! Ingrid and I (Lisa) met in John Obuck’s drawing class at Arizona State University. She had a passion for painting, founded the painting club and is a total bad ass who moved to San Francisco for grad school. Ingrid V. Wells has been painting for a decade. She earned her BFA from Arizona State  University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work fancies the fantastic and  humorous in theme and the charming, the kitschy, and the celebrity in subject. Wells’s  paintings investigate the world of gendered consumerism and the ethics of fascination. Her  work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BUST Magazine, and Teen Vogue,  among others. Wells currently lives and works in San Francisco. We must learn more about these hues and sparkles; here is what Ingrid has to say about her work: My oil paintings reflect the feminine spec

Vic Hollins

Greetings, Alexa here. I met Vic Hollins in college and definitely remember the first painting of hers I came across. It was a scene depicting The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Since I was getting ready to present my painting thesis its understandable that not many things outside my thesis group's work caught my attention, the rare exception being Vic's work. In an environment where everyone was desperately trying to make their mark, she stood apart from the crowd and made her own way. Not many people I went to school with continued producing art after graduating. Vic has not only continued producing and developing her work, she is one of the most prolific artists I know. Vic Hollins is a freelance illustrator, selling prints and originals on Etsy. She began art demos at conventions and trade shows over two years ago as an ambassador for Royal Talens, as well as selling her own art at conventions. Currently, she is focusing on writing and illu

KC Christmas

I (Lisa) first saw the work of KC Christmas on Instagram a couple summers ago. Danielle Krysa’s Art For Your Ear podcast had recently began the short lived #AFYEcamp series, which were themed art projects based on that week’s podcast. I was scrolling the Instagram feed under #AFYEcamp and came across something unlike anything I had ever seen, a beautifully rendered portrait featuring sprinkles! I experienced my own moment of “damn, I wish I had thought of that.” Upon further research, I discovered more work of an intelligent, hardworking, and insanely talented young woman, who was creating clever collages and funny paintings.  KC was an obvious choice for our first blog feature. She was our first follower on Instagram and first submission. Thank you for believing in our project and being featured! KC Christmas is a contemporary painter and collage artist living and working in Aiken, South Carolina. Known for her portraits and food art, sh