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About Genece expressing stillness, beauty
& grace through art & design

Art is my sanctuary.
I am driven to paint;
to deisgn; to empty out.

I was born in Alton, IL in 1951. At a young age, I discovered a passion for color, design and innovation. Oddly though, I did not discover I had fine arts talent until I was in my late 50s. Throughtout my career, most of my creative talents were used in the business of branding and marketing communications.

The other thing I discovered as a young woman was a genuine love for adventure, philosophy, the outdoors and the human spirit. I valued learning & self discovery which ultimately led me to pursue a full time career in art and design...

  • Loved taking magazine images of interest and pasting them onto construction paper, creating my own unique layout. I used these as a way of visualizing my goals.

  • Played with an Etch-A-Sketch for years as a youth, challenging myself to draw pictures with curves and shapes.

  • Remember taking my Mother's perfume box and totally transforming it into a different type of packaging -- pasting beautiful, expressive words & images about the perfume I cut out of magazines.

  • In the late 80s, I was introduced to digital art and became hooked. Self-taught, I spent a lot of time learning from trial and error and being a sponge around others light years ahead of me.

  • In 2007, I took an interesting road in my life as a caregiver for my Mother. To maintain a healthy balance, I began teaching myself how to digitally paint without the use of any scans or photographs--completely from scratch. Best thing i ever did because it opened up several hidden talents as an artist.

My creative process expands and evolves through the daily discipline of digital painting, illustration, and design. It is not the "digital" medium by which I have chosen to express myself that makes me an artist. It is a way of life. It is a way of moving through the world; aware of all the beauty that exists and a strong desire to connect with the feminine and sensual.

Prior to becoming a fine artist and designer in 2007, I was a branding and marketing communications consultant. I am grateful for all of the opportunities I was given and the joy of helping so many businesses and individuals define and design a brand image and identity. However,  I knew it was time to open a new door. Intuitively, I committed to the life of being a full time artist, designer and illustrator.

Between 2008 to 2012, I traveled the country promoting my fine art digital paintings at art festivals. I won numerous art awards for best in digital art (speficially, digital painting). In 2012, I took a break from working art festivals to focus on local shows.

By 2015, I was evolving my art more into design & illustration. I realized that I had more to learn so took online courses on surface pattern design which was a long time interest.

Today, I am focused on surface pattern designs. I love it when art design & products come together in perfect harmony. I'm discovering that it is very soul-filling and feels profoundly naturel. It's like being a kid again with my etch-a-sketch... seeing what I could create. Only now, I'm using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.

Blessings, Genece L. Hamby

 

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