Artist Members - Mixed Media
Mediums - Ceramics, Textiles, and Metals (Sculpture & Jewelry)
Des (they/them) is a mixed-media artist studying at Pittsburg State University. Much of their work is inspired by nature or their experiences of synesthesia sparked by music. As an artist, they love working with a variety of mediums and often combine their different areas of focus into one piece.
Medium(s) - Mixed Media
I am from a small farming community in Clay Center, Nebraska with a population of about 800 people. I first picked up a paintbrush 30 years ago when my two daughters were very young and being a stay at home Mom, I began looking for a way to make a little extra money. I tried everything from painting on river rocks to painting on old windows. Later I started painting and wood burning on gourds, then adding pine needles to the rims. I still paint around 100 real pumpkins in the fall, attend the occasional art show, and belong to farmer's markets in two nearby cities.
Artist statement: I am new to calling myself an artist. I’ve been painting for just under a year now. I am a teacher by trade, so I’m used to trying new things, reflecting, and changing. All things that I do with my art. I use acrylic paints to pour abstract pieces that reveal something different to each eye that looks upon it. In addition to paint pouring on canvas, I also pour on vases, ornaments, and anything I can get my hands on. I use my leftover paint skins to make jewelry, bookmarks, and other like items. I have also found a passion in creating small items with resin, such as custom dominos. I think what I love most about my art is that no two pieces are alike.