Alberto Vargas for the elegance and glamor and Olivia de Berardinis for the fresh sexy and more modern take on pin-up work… I was always drawn to Salvador Dali with the surreal elements mixed with real — the fact that he painted a story within almost every painting and had amazingly inventive takes on series that had been done before like his tarot series and Alice in Wonderland // Dali does them so differently that sometimes you would not know what the subject matter was unless you really study the work…
Model: Jessamyn Rose
Can you tell us about your career?
I started painting full time in 2008 — I am self taught and have a completely compulsive personality for perfection — My pin-ups have been featured in Penthouse Magazine along with a 6 page article about me, http://kellyx.myshopify.com/pages/press
Every year I am a part of the World Famous Dirty Show in Detroit — HR Giger was a part of it one year!!!!! I have had a one woman show named The X-Girls with 22 original paintings and 14 limited prints (in Palm Springs CA)
I work constantly on my craft and capturing a woman true persona!!!
What aspect of drawing/painting glamorous women do you like best?
I love my models!! Luckily I have been fortunate enough to chose models and or normal people that are full of personality and are easy to paint!! I love bring out the one special thing about each person wether it be her beautiful eyes, great legs, profile etc!!!
I like getting to know my models and capturing the actual essence of her personality the best!! I only had one that I had a problem with and I ended up not painting her at all… life is too short to work with A-Holes!
Model: Jessamyn Rose
If you could meet a star from the classic Hollywood era, who would that be and what would you ask him/her?
Katharine Hepburn! I would ask her how she stayed so very grounded and happy throughout her career!! She was able to sustain such a long and productive career for more than half of her life in Hollywood !! I love her!!!!! I would love to have met her!
Which contemporary artists (any art form) should get more attention?
Pin-up artists ALL, Fantasy artists like Gerald Brom
(http://www.bromart.com/), Illustrators, Digital artists, game artists, pastel artist, water colorists and every medium other than Oil!! The art Industry is still very closed minded other than classic oil painters — it seems to be opening up to other mediums and genres but it has been a very slow road!!