Charlottesville artist Kelly Oakes discusses her Figurative works

Kelly Oakes, Determined, 2016, oil on canvas, 16"x20" 

Featured top figurative artist, Kelly Oakes shares with artGuide art news blog her passion for painting

artGuide art news blog covers Kelly Oakes, a Charlottesville, Virginia based artist, one of a few select figurative artists to be featured for this month's art news blog. Kelly finds different outlets to express her love of art, whether it's teaching her students to paint or painting in her spare time.

I am inspired by the human figure, drawn to the beauty of the form and the emotion of the individual person who is the model. I enjoy working from life when the breathing and dynamic person is right in front of me. The interplay of the model’s movement and stillness is exciting and inspires what I capture on the canvas. I look for complex compositions, mimicking the complexity of the figure.

Using my eyes and own emotions, I see the model and aim to capture their inner beauty and respond to their expressions, striving to show a quiet, yet expressive moment. It is those ephemeral moments that speak to my soul.