Artist’s Statement, by M. Camille Day
Drawing, painting----creating----has always been a part of my life and how I’ve identified myself. In the beginning I hesitated to call myself an “artist” because I felt the title was something that had to be earned with education, skill and experience. And after years of immersing myself in becoming proficient in those areas, I realize those things have merit, but there is something more: it is the ability to express the”voice of the soul”. To me, that quality stands above them all in becoming a true artist. It is my intent that my work tell what spoke to me and compelled me to put voice to it through paint or pastel. As this happens, I count myself successful. But I count myself blessed if you look at my work and find something that speaks to your own soul.
I am thankful for the knowledge I’ve gained over the years from so many wonderful mentors and teachers. Their efforts have helped me describe myself as artist with comfort and confidence. Now as I paint the places that inspire me and the people and creatures that inhabit them, what I most want is to share the voice of my soul through my work and show you the emotion stirred there. My hope is that it sparks a resonance of happiness, pleasure, fond remembrance----something---- within your own sense of being, something you can add to your own voice. And I can joyously call myself: M. Camille Day, Artist.
M. Camille Day, Artist Bio
M. Camille Day, known as Candy to friends and family, is an artist from North Georgia, committed to capturing the people and places of Georgia and beyond. Her desire to expand her painting ability and her emergence as a full-time artist has led Camille to Europe as well as many places in the U. S. where she enjoys painting en plein air (in the open air) as well as in her studio. She is continuously inspired by the varied landscapes of the natural world, its people, animals and common places where beauty is sometimes overlooked.
Although she is largely self-taught and has been painting and drawing since childhood, Camille has had the benefit of studying under such great artists as Kippy Hammond, Ann Templeton, Maggie Price, Alan Flattmann, Thomas Nash, Quang Ho, Jim Richards, Lori Putnam and many others. As she tells of these experiences, “Each session with such wonderful instructors enables me to reach further into the well of my own abilities and translate not only what I see as beautiful to the viewer, but to make them feel why I chose that subject to paint.”
Today, Camille maintains a gallery/studio space in The Art Center, Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association, in Blue Ridge, GA, where she also teaches. She is a Signature Member of the Women Painters of the Southeast and the Southeastern Pastel Society, a member of Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, where she is a Signature Member and past President. Most recently, she has been named as the 2015 Women Painters of the Southeast awards judge, as well as the juror for two other Georgia shows. Camille Day has won numerous awards and her work has been juried into many national and international shows, many of which are now in private collection. The artwork of M. Camille Day can be viewed here online and by appointment at her studio.
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