“It’s about orchestrating an intimate moment between a painting and its observer. Through layering images, simple horizon lines, and even the manipulation of resins—My messaging and style remain hauntingly hopeful.”
- Courtney J. Garrett
Courtney J. Garrett has created a minimal yet sophisticated approach to capturing inspiring images of storms, rural landscapes, and architectural sketches in her oil paintings and mixed media works. Influenced by many things– from the methodology of Matisse to the architecture of Maya Lin, Garrett’s emotionally driven colors and shapes translate the intangible and the emotional onto seemingly flat two-dimensional surfaces.
“I feel that I have a responsibility to awaken every sense in a viewer to see, and even hear the noise or the quiet in a piece. People say they are inspired from the works I produce—so I must always understand what is visually needed, and at the heart of it, be forward thinking; I must anticipate reaction and emotion.”
Garrett is a prominent name amongst emerging American artists, garnering national attention and major contracts for exclusive showings of her work. She is collected around the world in both private and corporate collections boasting international significance. Garrett was recently chosen by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to create the foundation’s first historically documented international series, translating the life and work of activist Dian Fossey using a mixed-media process. In 2014 her work reached museum recognition with the opening of Skylight– Landscapes: Traditional and Contemporary at The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, in Atlanta, GA. At the OUMA exhibition, Garrett, represented 21st century landscape abstraction as an evolutionary link from traditional masters.
“As an artist my paradigm has shifted from creating simply emotional works to extravagant attempts at inspiring hope. My goal is always to present the viewer with a moment of recognizable truth that goes deeper than a casual encounter.”
Courtney J. Garrett was born and raised in rural Alabama. Her mother was a southern tole painter and her father, a draftsman. She received an undergraduate degree from Auburn University and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.