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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.
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 and self discovery...
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.
My passion for self-discovery led me to many interesting adventures that I believe is revealed in my artwork. I have accomplished a great deal of my deepest dreams that were not a means to an end. For me, they were always a part of my spiritual and personal journey. From tightrope walking to hiking in the mountains, from spiritual exploration to deep personal reflection, I channel all of the imagery my mind photographed into what I choose to paint or illustrate.
Having lived in many places that were either resort communnities or remote (island life), land and seascapes feel the most natural for me to paint since I spent most of my time in both. And, amongst all of these great experiences, having a personal style that relfected my adventures played as much a role as my love for the outdoors. At heart, I am a fashionista and don't stop at painting to express my love for color and texture. It shows in how I style myself daily.
In the past seven years, the journey wasn't only about art, design and writing. From that year until 2015, my father, mother, step-father, step-mother, two beloved cats, my sister's beloved dog, my brother's beloved dog, and my aunt all passed away. I was a full-time caregiver for my mother and helped care for my father and step-mother, as well as my aunt before their deaths. I can't even put into words what all of this in a few short years has done to my soul. Only that each and every day, I fight to regain a sense of who I am outside of caregiving. Art is a part of that journey for sure!
Today, I'm living life one day at a time. I work on my daily commitments which include working out at the gym, clean eating and yoga practice.
Blessings, Genece L. Hamby
© 2009-2015 Genece Lorraine Hamby