Below are just a few of the center's most dedicated artists..
Gallery Muse Olivia Fears gives thanks to the viewers looking at her work by putting numbers by every line to keep count of every wrinkle. She is mindful of anatomy. Being thankful is in the choice of papers, as she puts it, “I like a watercolor paper that can take my attacks”. A self-taught artist, Olivia often breaks the rules of technique. “In watercolor you usually start from light colors and end with darker paints. I like to start with darker colors. It helps me see more of the highlights.”
Olivia sees realistic images in the details. As she puts it, “finishing is about perfection.” She has to be aware not to overwork the paintings. It would affect the work. She likes to focus more on the experience. “I ask myself how is the painting me feel? What are my thoughts? What questions is the work asking me? I try to find the answers”.
Unfortunately, Alana passed away in 2015 while not only being a member of 9Muses but also MHASEFL's Board of Directors' Secretary. She leaves behind a legacy of art and volunteerism.
Violet King is one of 9MusesArtCenter’s earliest and most prolific members. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract and everything in between, and she uses a variety of media including pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, and many times a mixture of two or more. Despite being so broad in her approach to art, Violet’s work is almost always easy to identify due to her distinctive manner of painting and drawing.
Violet has been featured in the documentary 'Art & Mental Illness: The Violet King Story'. Her artwork was found in a storage bin in Detroit. The buyer was so taken with her work, he approached "Goodtastic' Films to document Violet's life and art. They agreed that her story was poignant and would be an important document to the importance of art to the mentally ill. View it here:
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