The strange and familiar meet in the quirky, contemporary portraits of Georgia painter Cameron Bliss.
The artist: A Georgia native, Bliss grew up in Savannah and graduated with a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.
The studio: Her studio is in an old converted barn behind the family’s house in Winterville, GA. In the summer, the studio is “cooled” by a box fan. In winter, it is “heated” by an old wood stove.
In the beginning: As far back as she can remember, Bliss, whose mother and grandmother are artists, always had a paintbrush, crayon or pencil in her hand. She remembers spending hours filling up a huge sheet of paper with wild patterns and colors.
The art & materials: Oil paintings on canvas and linen ($400 to $8,000) with one or more figures placed in elaborate environments. Also paintings of a single figure in a minimalist background. Just as often, animals, like cats, appear too.
“I also paint monkeys, horses, dogs and a variety of other animals,” said Bliss, who has four cats and one dog. “I do like the cats as they have that humanlike gaze that I am often so drawn to in my own paintings.”
“I love the idea of having a birthday party with a cream-colored pony, a tea party with meerkats or having an octopus help you solve mysteries of life.”
- Artists Gustav Klimt and Friedensreich Hundertwasser for their patterns and colors.
- Artists Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, and Egon Schiele for their thought-provoking figurative work.
- Wallpaper, botanicals, architecture and fashion.
Fun or special commissions: Created a music video by editing paintings in iMovie for “Control” by musician Dodd Ferrelle, the mayor of Wintersville and the artist’s husband.
Recent honors: Featured in Create! Magazine, issue #30. The magazine celebrates emerging contemporary artists.
- Solo show at Kai Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta, now through Sept. 3.
- New American Paintings, South issue #160.
Where to buy: Kai Lin Art (kailinart.com) and CameronBliss.com
- Facebook & Instagram: @CameronBlissArt