Featured Artist: Caroline Doyle

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Photo Cred: The Daily Texan

Today, we are featuring a young, vibrant & contemporary artist, Caroline Doyle. Here at Maureen Stevens Design, we are always looking for amazing art for our clients & well, hers? We fell in love with. We caught up with Caroline for a little Q & A on how her passion & drive for art started.

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I have been fascinated by all different styles of art since I was young, from Realism to Abstract, and everything in between. Whether in a gallery, a museum, or a home, art has always been an essential part of enhancing spaces with its power to transform any interior atmosphere.

The art we choose to view and hang in our own space is always changing, as new artists and inspirations come along. For me, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and exciting vibrancy of Contemporary Art, with a hand from Pop Art. Pop Art has brought popular culture in the realm of high art since the 1960s, and reflects the realities and concepts of everyday life.

The evolution of Contemporary Art and the importance of incorporating artwork in spaces we design is what inspired me to begin this segment on our blog. To start this series off with a bang, I sat down with one of my most talented friends, Caroline Doyle, who has a knack for combining all of my favorite styles of art. She is heavily influenced by Pop Art, and incorporates both realist and abstract elements to create paintings that keep us wanting more! We asked her a few questions about her lifelong passion for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an up-and-coming contemporary artist.

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Bey in the Air, 48″ x 48″

1/  Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

I was born and raised in Houston, and just graduated from the University of Texas in May. I majored in Studio Art, but never dreamed of turning my degree into a career. By a series of happy accidents and the incredible support of friends and family, the career happened to me! While I was spending my whole Senior Year, half-heartedly applying for jobs that seemed more practical, I started getting requests from people to purchase my work. Before I knew it, I was flooded with orders, and my little business had begun! I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who took interest in my work without promoting it, and it was then that I thought this was something I could seriously pursue after graduation. My art experience thus far has been a medley of exploring many different means and styles to achieve the same goal: bringing something beautiful into existence that did not before, and making it thought provoking and fun for viewers to engage with.

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Diamond, 48″ x 48″

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

Gosh, so hard to pick favorites! If I had to choose one, it would be the first major painting I did freshman year of college, “Paint Coated Deer.” It’s a marker for my technical improvement from day one, and still represents some of the ideas I explore today. It juxtaposes the contemporary with the classic. I grew up in a family of hunters, and while I enjoy the sport, I constantly find myself more intrigued by the composure of deer. The deer exhibit the serene figurative aspects of traditional painting, interrupted by a stark breach of the absurdly contemporary. By “painting paint” on the poised animals, it suddenly brings them into a dialog between primal existence and fast-paced colorful modernism in an amusing way.

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Paint Coated Deer, 48″ x 60″

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Truth, brilliance, and conversation with a satirical flair. I am drawn to exploring the fast and loud within our society – there is beauty to be seen in both the good and bad aspects of our culture. I seek to create work that is both pleasing and fun at first glance, yet dares my viewers to invoke further thought as to the underlying theme of each piece. I want my art to start conversations on anything from politics to pop culture to nature by adding energy, humor, and elegance to the otherwise mundane. Moreover, I just want people to enjoy it!

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Interior Luxe I, both 24″ x 36″

4/  Who is your ultimate inspiration and why? 

Ashley Longshore. If you don’t know her, you need to! She’s the most out-there, kickass artist in the game. I resonate with a lot of her ideas on pop culture and showcasing luxury and wit. I admire how raw and authentic she is in her work, and aim to be that way with my own! Her vibrant use of color, cultural icons, and text bring hilarity to a world of darkness – gotta love it!

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Big Red, 48″ x 72″

5/ What is your process for taking custom orders or selling work?

So far, the word has spread itself!! I cannot credit enough the overwhelming support of friends, family, and even strangers to bringing in business. As of right now, I share my work on Instagram (@carolinedoyle_art) where clients can either message me or email me with inquires about purchasing work or ordering a custom commission. I love when people reach out, and I am always happy to chat ideas! So feel free to send me a note and let’s get talking! *stay tuned: website in the works*

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Beats by Deer, 36″ x 60″

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On the Fly, 42″ x 66″

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Amanda-naut, 48″ x 48″
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Hilde, 36″ x 48

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Milary Clinton, 48″ x 48″

For more updates and photos of Caroline’s recent artwork, follow @carolinedoyle_art on Instagram. Cheers to the artist herself & her swoon-worthy art!

Art to a Personal Level // Dawn Winter

Back from a whirlwind trip from NOLA folks! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Today on the blog, let’s talk art. Whether you’re a serious collector or happy with amazing art you can buy so affordably from street artists or online, art is that one {or more} crucial piece {or pieces} that can make or break a space. Today on the blog, a local abstract and contemporary Austin artist, Dawn Winter, shares with us how she creates artwork that’s truly personal for clients . Take it away Dawn!

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We commissioned Dawn to make a contemporary abstract art for a couple that depicts their excursion to Lake Bled in Croatia.

As an Artist who has delighted in personalizing my own living space for many years, I’ve discovered that adding unique and personal items to my home has been truly satisfying. Often, I have added touches of texture and color through original artwork and sculpture. As a result, I find that I am surrounded by memories of special excursions, past travels and a living space that is both personal and unique to me.  I find this to be deeply satisfying and comforting.

What are some tips you can share when a client is ready to commission art from an artist like you?

1/ Set aside a time to look at the space together with the artist.  For me, this gives me a sense of the design objectives, clues as to the color scheme of the space, and a feel for the space.

2/ If this is not possible, photos of the space where the painting will be displayed are important. This will give clues as to which colors to emphasize in the painting.

3/ Share photos of other paintings and descriptions of the “look” for the painting is extremely helpful.

4/ A list of colors that not only work well with the desired space, but colors that a collector likes and dislikes. Telling an artist hues you absolutely dislike is a must!

5/ Providing photos of favorite images, whether it is other paintings, travel photos, paint chips or a design board, is always helpful.

6/ Any other pertinent information such as strong dislikes and, conversely, strong preferences such as a realistic portrayal of a subject matter or more of a loose, abstract interpretation is always helpful too!

7/ Last but not the least, if the client is working with a designer, communicating with the designer is essential as well.

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With the abstract art as the piece de resistance, we’re curating a wall in their bedroom with other pieces.

Recently I was asked to provide paintings for Anthropologie.  With this opportunity, I envisioned what I believed would be bring a unique style and color palette to other’s homes. I am fascinated by color and I love the use of texture…and I am pleased that the framed canvas prints found on Anthropologie.com retain that quality.

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Dawn Winter’s Seasmoke 1 & 2 available at Anthropologie!

The experiences I have shared with others from these collaborations have reinforced my own belief in investing in unique artwork.  Time and time again, collectors have expressed gratitude and satisfaction with having a distinctive and authentic living space.  Their living space reflects an authentic design that is unique to them.

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Thank you so much Dawn! I have used her art twice & not only are her creations beautiful & one-of-a-kind, Dawn is also extremely gracious! Don’t forget to check out her work.

May your spaces scream of beauty and awe and your rooms effortlessly curated. Interior Design Austin and beyond.

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