• Nicki Chamarette

Updated: Jan 31, 2021

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas

I've finally gotten around to the third post in my Feeling Artsy ? series. It's been a busy time homeschooling, arranging an EHCP for my youngest daughter and looking for a new role after unfortunately being made redundant in October 2020 after the first furlough scheme ended. It was hard to find some creativity but now with the hope that the vaccination role out brings and some light at the end of the tunnel, I feel I'm ready to get back to it. So here is part 3 featuring a new selection of my favourite current talented artists and a snapshot into their inspiring works.

#caitlynmurphy #gabriellaboyd #lossapardo #rominabassu #vanessastockard


Caitlyn Murphy

Toronto based artist, Caitlyn Murphy, graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design. Her heartfelt works serve to elevate the simple and natural charm of everyday life. Traditionally, Caitlyn's work have looked at the exterior of the shopfronts as regularly featured. Caitlyn has now taken the everyday further by entering into shop fronts to show the beauty in their interiors. The pieces below are taken from her delightful Five Dresses series, portraying the interior of a dry cleaners and the beautiful cling filmed details within.


Gabriella Boyd

Born in Glasgow although now based and working in London, Gabriella Boyd attended The Glasgow School of Art and then also The Royal Acadecmy Schools, of London. Working in oil paints on canvas, Gabriella's works look at the merging of private and public spaces, successfully blurring familiar shapes and recognisable scenarios with a surreal, hazy and dreamlike twist. The ambiguous forms give a sense of freedom of interpretation. Gabrielle comments on her works, "I like the idea of the viewer having their own freedom within the work, making their own journey."



Multi talented French painter, musician and animator, Lossapardo's paintings, evoke a sublime melancholic story of human sensitivity combining the themes of lonlieness and solitude. His works tell a different story with attention to colour, light and shadow to convey a sense of joy to the solitude and give a glimpse to a precious personal moment. Lossapardo describes his work, "I paint a certain mood in every painting. There’s something negative perceived in terms of loneliness but I wanted to convey the need to be alone sometimes, to have those stolen moments”.


Romina Bassu

Residing and working in Rome, Romina Bassu studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome and at The Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville. Inspired by the iconic style of the fifties and painting in acrylics and watercolours, Romina's subjects are often stark, uncomfortable and confrontational. They set out to challenge traditional feminine stereotypes and provide a backlash to historic female models and the needs of a male culture and voyeurism as well as the society of consumption. Her works convey an alternative, dreamlike but dystopic reality, emphasised by an altered and challenging female gaze.


Vanessa Stockard

I can honestly say that Vanessa Stockard is one of my favourite artists I have discovered - always quirky, enjoyable and brings a smile to my face. Born in Sydney, Vanessa Stockard grew up in the country in New South Wales, going on to graduate from The College of Fine Arts in Sydney. Vanessa often includes her cats and in particular, Kevin the Kittin, showing the humour that we all recognise that despite cats fluffy exteriors there is a juxtaposition of a villainous, sinister, cruel and calculating side to your lovable pet. Her ethereal works combine the elements of happiness and friendship with the reality of what often lies beneath the cuteness in an individual and comical manner.


"Art should be something that liberates your soul."

Keith Haring


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  • Nicki Chamarette

"The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke."

Jerzy Kosiniski

Following on from my Feeling Artsy? x Part 1 it is now time to showcase my next selection of 5 artists. Once again it's been so hard to choose which incredibly talented artists to feature so I feel there will be many more Feeling Artsy? x posts to come. So for now please enjoy and discover the eclectic and amazing artists as showcased below.

#elisavalenti #kaethebealer #leilafanner #michaelchamberlain #sarishryack


Elisa Valenti

Self-taught New York based artist, Elisa Valenti, is a breath of fresh air and I'm so glad I discovered her celebratory and freeing art. Elisa's contemporary figurative works look to celebrate the beauty, lushness and empowerment of the real female body. Elisa states her art is a reflection of her own body image and mental health struggles reiterating her ethos 'I am good enough!'.


Kaethe Bealer

US artist, Kaethe Bealer, resides on a boat in San Francisco Bay and her art is a response to what surrounds her. Kaethe's mantra of her art is to 'just keep painting' and I'm glad she does as I find her works joyous celebrations of the everyday such as the marina, seascapes, interiors, still life and my favourite, pet portraits, reminding us that it is the simple things in life that are truly important and truly make us happy.


Leila Fanner

South African visual artist, Leila Fanner, works are truly beautiful on every level. Residing in the Western Cape, her exquisitely stunning works look to reflect the soul's journey within the material world whilst referencing opposing elements of local flora and fauna, tribal jewellery, fabric pattern and elements of folklore. Creative, intuitive and unapologetically feminine, Leila's works seem to sparkle on an out of world, spiritual and celestial level.


Michael Chamberlain

Californian oil painter, Michael Chamberlain, looks to find beauty in the common place in his works which are inspired by Californian Impressionists and the landscapes of the great artist, Edward Hopper. Michael looks to elevate the simple, everyday objects and scenes that surround him in his works, expertly instilling and elevating beauty in the commonplace.


Sari Shryack

Austin, Texas based acrylic painter, Sari Shryack's ( Sari not Sorry) artistic ethos began as a mission to create one painting everyday, enabling the world around her to come to life and to make art part of her identity. Delightfully colourful, Sari's joyful works focus on colour and light and celebrate the vibrancy and beauty within her neighboring community and everyday life.


“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” Robert Henri


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Happy shoes for happy people ...

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“In each of us is a hidden child. It’s nice when the child wakes up because the world of imagination is a tremendous place to play.”

Stjepan Varesevac Cobets, Magic Clogs

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