Cape Coral, FL
MiMi Stirn - Artist Statement
My favorite art tools are knives. They are unforgiving yet clear and finite when used. Working within the acrylic family is fun, but working with modeling paste is where the art begins; free form and each application is a form of sculpting. What I love best about creating art is the freedom of expression without fear of consequence. When I am able to say a work has turned out well, is actually the moment when I can return to the finished piece over the course of several days and repeatedly be transported into the picture itself.
My style centers on both working in circular and straight line motions, while respecting Fibonacci sequences in the placement of each element. Other techniques include sgraffito and resin pours. However, bright light, layers of color, and use of metallic pigments are my standard. What I do differently from what I was taught is dirty brushing. My brushes & knives during the painting process are usually lapped with new colors without actually washing them; I love the mystery of the blends, and the picture always turns out beautiful. My favorite color on the spectrum is Prussian blue, and is usually incorporated in to my skies, water scenes, and shadowing.
Short Bio: In 2010, my husband and I moved to Cape Coral Florida from Washington State. I work in my art studio in Cape Coral and when not in the studio, I am Marketing Director at FGCU at the Small Business Development Center. I hold my degree in Art and Business Administration and am a Certified Marketing Strategist through Cornell University.
CV | Gallery Viewings | Recent and Upcoming Shows
Ongoing: Downtown Fort Myers, First Friday Art Walk (Corner of 1st & Hendry)
Feb 27, 2016 – Le Marche’ Bohemian – Downtown Sarasota
Feb 20-21, 2016 – Howard Alan Coconut Point Fine Art Festival - Estero
Jan 30 -31, 2016 – Paragon Fine Art Festival, Fort Lauderdale
Jan 9-10, 2016 - Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral
Dec 2016 – American Art Endeavors Covey Square Art Festival, St. Peach Beach
Nov 2015 - Artnado Fine Art Show, West Palm Beach, FL (Award – Honorably Mentioned)
Oct 2015 – Gallery Showing - Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers
Sep 2015 – Gallery Showing - von Liebig Art Center, Naples
Jun 2015 - American Art Endeavors St. Armand's Circle Art & Show, Sarasota
May 2015 - Wild Child Art Gallery, Demo @ Recital, Pine Island
Jan 2014 - Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral