No wonder there’s an innocent touch to Lisa Golightly’s artwork: Her images draw on her love of childhood, mingling her own memories with stories from her daughter. As Golightly says, “I try to keep the spirit of childhood wonder and imagination with me.” You can see Golightly’s training as a photographer in her realistic renderings, but her art also has a charming, hand-drawn quality, and she uses an elegant palette of muted tones offset by pops of color—like an aqua dress or a red party hat. Golightly paints and draws in her Portland, OR, studio.
Denver-based Leigh Viner is a self-taught fashion illustrator. She’s also a makeup artist, a clothing designer, and a collector of vintage fashion photos. All of this is immediately apparent in her beautiful illustrations, which exude wit and glamour.
Hovering between landscape and abstraction, Wright often works on rice paper, giving her large-format canvases a painterly patina that recalls the late Cy Twombly. Underneath the acrylic drips, there is a rhythmic, formal composition (no surprise she is also a cellist). A rising star on the Southern art scene, Wright works in her native city of Austin.
With their echos of ikat patterns, lush florals, and radiant washes of paint, it’s easy to imagine Kristy Gammill’s paintings in an interior. But her art is not simply decorative—each piece shows Gammill’s abundant creativity and lust for life. Take her style of weaving neon in between bright brushstrokes; as she says, “I’m drawn to a saturated all-in color palette—the more the better!” Mostly self-taught, Gammill is a mother of three teenagers and works in a studio in Edmond, OK.
This former horticulturist’s colorful floral paintings start with a captured moment. “I take photos of landscapes and specific plants I know well, often using the pictures to spark my imagination,” she says. The artist’s work, using gouache, ink, and watercolor on paper, is always inspired by what surrounds her. “There is an ever-changing exhibit in my home of leaf, seed, flower, and fruit. This close contact creates a deep well of images for me to draw from.”