Acrylic on Canvas mixing portraiture and typography
Symone Elliott is a self taught artist. she has loved creating ever since she could remember. During her teenage years, painting served as a major emotional outlet, whereby she would take all the heavy feelings she was experiencing and express them in their fullest, most beautiful way.
Fascinated with the late 60s graphic design, Symone makes frequent use of psychedelic colours and rock poster typography. Her pigments are bold, extremely saturated, and harmonious, as if a rainbow of emotion has exploded on her canvases. Colours blend when painting subjects and contrast when painting backgrounds. Graphic elements, such as her use of lines, pervade her pieces, giving them a decorative slant. Text is used non-traditionally as pattern. Sometimes barely legible, her words instead subconsciously relay messages of positivity.
The human figure too is a primary focus of many of her pieces. Here, it is manifested through bright, unnaturalistic colour and fragmentation. It suggests a vibrant energy and an encouragement to get past the ego, to diverge from the physical world into an affirmative cerebral and spiritual realm, much like that accessed during meditation.
A loving force keeps her creating. Her work radiates positivity, whether through text or through imagery. Her themes include those of trust in the universe and loving oneself no matter the circumstances. She believes in the law of attraction, whereby positive thinking engenders positive outcomes. Affirming mantras are not only present throughout her work but are always in mind during the process of creation. She is currently working on what she calls the “Subliminal Series”. She embeds positive affirmations in her paintings to help the subconscious mind with limiting beliefs.
Symone is confident that there’s always someone out there one is meant to inspire and hopes that she can encourage people to make a living out of doing what they love. She firmly believes that through her art, she can help the world be a more positive place, and with work so satiated with good vibes, it’s only a matter of time before she does.
Q & A
Where are you from, originally?
My family is From San Antonio but I come from a military background. I moved every 4 years.
What events in your life have most influenced your art?
Growing up in the military, having a child and getting married from a young age I think has brought me where I am today. I had to grow up fast and learn to take care of myself. My divorce from my son's father was the start of my life going into a more positive direction. I had to go through a lot of different emotions and face parts of myself I didn't like. I stopped settling and started demanding better of myself. A lot of my influences come from my time with him. He introduced me to Artists like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Rush. He also bought me a psychedelic art book that has influenced my work to this day. I do the work that I do because I want my son to see that you can do anything you put your mind to. I don't want him to ever settle wasting this precious life doing anything that doesn't make him happy. I also want others to share their gifts with the world and inspire everyone to live the happiest lives they can. life is amazing.
What do you like most about having a studio at the Millworks?
The community is the best. Everyone is so supportive. It is a great place to grow as an artist.