My art embraces the beauty and rhythm of life. I am inspired by the vibrations of color and how that translates into capturing the spirit of my subject.
My process is a dance with the painting. Layers and colors are added repeatedly on top of one another as the composition develops organically.
Fluid, gestural marks emphasize the subject's liveliness.
Silky’s art journey began in the Fall of 2011 when she took an en plein air workshop with Jill Steenhuis in Aix-en-Provence. Although mostly self-taught, she continued her art studies with classes at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas and various workshops with artists such as Anne Blair Brown and Jo Bertini. She completed a three-term long distance course with Jemma Derbyshire of Edinburgh, Scotland and continues to take life-drawing classes with Ellen Soderquist in Richardson, Texas.
Silky was selected to be an Artist in Residence at the Elephant Butte Lake Artist Residency in New Mexico for the month February 2017.
Silky has a BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University and a Master’s Degree in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management. For many years, she worked in marketing and public relations while also teaching creativity workshops. Then, Silky became a Certified Expressive Arts Facilitator and worked with a variety of populations including psychiatric patients, women in shelters, youth-at-risk, people with cancer and young adults with learning disabilities.
Deeply involved in the McKinney art scene, Silky is a co-founder of the McKinney Creative Community and co-organizes their annual Holiday Art Bazaar at Tupps Brewery. Silky is also the visual art representative for the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District advisory steering committee.
Silky keeps an art studio in the historical district of McKinney, Texas where she lives with her husband, dog and two cats.
current and upcoming exhibitions
November 2-24, 2018 • TAC Small Works Show • Juried Group Exhibition • Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
December 8, 2018 - March 8, 2019 • Invitational Group Exhibition • El Dorado Country Club, McKinney, Texas
February 5 - March 22, 2019 • Endangered & Threatened TX Birds • Invitational Group Exhibition • Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney, Texas
September 21 - 23, 2018 • Oaxaca Fiesta • Solo Show • The Cove, McKinney, Texas
August 4 - 25, 2018 • Juried Adventure Exhibition • The Martin Place, McKinney, Texas
July 18 - September 30, 2018 • Moth Migration Project, Group Exhibition • Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney, Texas
June 15-16, 2018 • Tiny Art Show, Group Exhibition • The Cove, McKinney, Texas
April 7 - 28, 2018 • Unique by Nature Juried Art Show • McKinney Performing Art Center, McKinney, Texas
April 6 - 28, 2018 • Dwell with Dignity's Thrift Studio Pop Up Shop • Dallas Design District, Dallas, Texas
January - April, 2018 • Group Exhibition • McKinney Public Library, McKinney, Texas
December 1, 2017-January 13, 2018 • TAC Small Works Show • Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
September 15-17, 2017 • In My Own Backyard, Solo Show • The Cove, McKinney, Texas
June 10-30, 2017 • New Mexico Dreamscapes, Solo Show • The Martin Place, McKinney, Texas
April 5 - May 6, 2017 • Dwell with Dignity's Pop Up Shop • Dallas Design District, Dallas, Texas
April 1 - 22, 2017 • UNIQUE BY NATURE Juried Art Show • McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, Texas
February – April, 2017 • Group Ehibition • McKinney Public Library, McKinney, Texas
February 11-28, 2017 • EBLAR Artists in Residence, Group Show • Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
July 23, 2016 • Urban Art Scene: Architecture, Art & Culture, Pop-Up Gallery, Dallas, Texas
February 2016 • Invitational Group Show, Orison’s Fine Art Gallery, McKinney, Texas
October 2015 • Emerging Artist Competition, First Place • Orison’s Fine Art Gallery, McKinney, Texas