Whitney Humphreys is a glowing and miraculous seaside mermaid. Her artwork is formed from an endless list of inspiration. She is inspired by everything from stories to film, nature, research, history, personal and ancient mythology, magic, science—her list is truly endless. Humphreys keeps her eyes open to what may spark her creativity. She is currently earning her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. This California native works in many mediums, including oil paint, charcoal, and sculpted fabric, but she primarily calls herself a printmaker. Her favorite print mediums include woodcuts, screenprints, and lithographs. She tends to bury herself in her projects, but she loves working toward goals surrounded by a swirl of art, coffee, and friends!
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Humphreys utilizes materials that enhance and empower her personal aesthetic. She loves buttery oil paints and inks with muted colors, soft rag and handmade papers, smooth wood and limestone, and she also incorporates flowy and sheer fabrics.
Humphreys encourages women to celebrate their accomplishments, and we want to celebrate hers! She's recently started her MFA program, and is proud of the success her exhibitions and handmade shop have brought her.
A lovely mantra from Humphreys:
"The Goddess is ever-present and ever-powerful, the Goddess is the mother of all things, and is the sacred virgin, the Goddess is in me and in you and in every being. You are the Goddess."
This talented art maker focuses on the cross-cultural practices of myth:
"I work in print media to fulfill my passion for the analog and to reflect its transformative impact on global visual culture, often represented by satirical posters. These expose how social and environmental issues are perpetuated by their portrayals in mass media, paralleled across generations. Nostalgic image styles from a bygone time, created with what was once the height of image mass production technology reflect the concept of false progress."
Do you believe in aliens?
"Absolutely. It’s impossible to believe that we’re the only source of life within the vastness of the universe, or even within the vastness of our own world. Who knows what kind of beings exist among us."
Do you believe in ghosts?
"Yes. Both literally and figuratively. I think there are a lot of misunderstandings about the interconnections between the physical and the spiritual realms, fiction and reality, the known and the unknown."
This busy person ends her days with chill sessions that include lying in bed with chocolate and movies. On a more social evening, she'll stay out with her friends, drinking wine and going to art openings.
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