Thea McKay McElvy
Painting and Sculpture

Contact: 706.773.5783

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell

In November 2016 I took a leap of faith, quit my job and dove into a year of study. It’s been a bit of a struggle but the rewards have been worth it all. I have sought out mentors to help me find my audience and received sage advice on marketing. I have studied artwork that inspires me. Color, line, foreshortening, expression, subject matter… what about it attracts me and how can I use it in my work? And finally, I have explored this neo fauvist style by giving myself permission to fail. Some things I paint turn out like Christmas morning presents under the tree while others are are well-learned lessons on what not to do. Painting without fear of the outcome is a great way to learn!

2017 is my time to stretch and grow and 2018 is going to be full of miracles! I know I belong behind an easel. And to think it only took me 54 years to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

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