Artist Statement

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. 

My light-filled studio in McKinney’s historic district envelops me in nature’s ever-changing dance. I observe and re-imagine the hues in nature’s palette outside my window and in a variety of locales around the world. Using vivid, saturated color, I encourage viewers of my art to step into their own imaginations and travel along with me.

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about silky

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.