Meet the Artist: Brittany Selfe Paynter

Updated: Apr 11

Diverse in medium, Brittany invites nature to inhabit her canvas.

I believe that all people have creative abilities. Mine manifest through charcoal, oil paint, watercolor, ceramics and crafting. My most influential art teacher, Irene Sukle, encouraged creative exploration in all mediums in the four years I studied with her. She instilled in me a love and discipline for creating that I never plan to lose. I am a mother, Illustrator, Gallery Manager, Treasurer of the Geauga Arts Council and Art Teacher for Creative Spirit Studios (my independent art business.)

I have journeyed to South Africa, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and Peru. Travelling via backpack, bus, plane and boat to see what this world has to offer. From the Maribou Storks of South Africa, to the food and lifestyle of South Korea, and eventually a 4 month stint in South America, I gathered memories, treasures and photos to inspire my work. There are special places in the States that I also hold dear to my heart for inspiration behind my art.

Living in Northeast Ohio, I fell in love with the woods behind my house where the hemlocks surround the shale and sandstone creek, I had always sort of known, but never noticed just how beautiful and cool the rock outcroppings were. This appreciation led to the series, "Paradise". The technique with which I began painting in oils has spilled into other observational work such as the "Glass Galaxy" series and various geological studies from my travels. In 2017, I gave birth to both of my children at home in our hot tub. It was transformative and empowering. Settling into mom life, I illustrated the book, "Inspired Birth- Affirmations for the Childbearing Year".

Visit my website and follow my Instagram, @mamapaynter.

Featured Artist at UH Hospital Geauga March 3rd, 2021 - July 12th, 2021


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