Hi! I am Windy Savarese, Artist / Teacher . This blog and site is here to showcase mine and other artist’s work, ideas, daily activities, antique shopping and progress for my students, my peers and myself and anyone else out there reading and watching! This is a safe place to explore art and life and ourselves! Join our family!
I graduated with both an Associates and Bachelors degree in Art and Education. I have fifteen years of teaching experience and have participated in various Art groups, swaps, trades, publishing endeavors and been featured on CBS 11 and in Artitude Zine, Mistletoe Gallery and Legacy Fine Art Gallery in Hot Springs. I now travel around Texas to various Fine Art Festivals and hold workshops at local art facilities including art journaling, collage, soul journals, altered books and pretty much anything in which my students show interest! Not to mention teaching all this during the day to 13 and 14 year olds!!
I was born in Honolulu Hawaii while my father was stationed overseas in the early 70’s. After the war I was raised in a small Texas town where the extent of my art exposure was framed bluebonnets painted by ladies 60 years my elder. While these kinds of works have their place in the hearts of many, I felt no connection to the work nor the artists, neither aesthetically nor generationally. It wasn’t until college when I moved out of the small country town that I was exposed to a plethora of art that finally spoke to me and I knew from the first installation I saw outside the building where my first college class awaited that my life had changed and that art would be a part of it.
My label of “Undecided Major” immediately changed and I proceeded to get both an AA and BA in Arts and Education. I’ve been teaching for sixteen years now and over the years have continued my own art off and on. Teenagers can be a great source of inspiration! It was only after my grandmother’s death that Hummingbird Studios was born and I began to pursue my art on a more full time basis. What I had been perfectly content to do part time simply was not enough anymore. It consumed me and for the last two years Art, which has influenced my life even from those bluebonnets (it’s just as important to know with what you don’t connect with as what you do) Art no longer influenced my life, it became my life. It’s no longer a choice, no longer part time….I’m 40 years old and now closer to the age of those little old ladies who painted those bluebonnets all those years ago….and as the saying goes, Life begins at 40, well…in respect to my artistic life, I can vouch for that!
I am Hummingbird Studios and I have to acknowledge that beginning. My dear sweet grandmother loved hummingbirds. She collected them to no end. She gave them as gifts and I never appreciated hummingbirds until she was gone and now they surround me and follow me in my heart and my mind and sometimes in reality. So I owe Hummingbird Studios to Jerry Mize. I miss her dearly and my wish is for Hummingbird Studios to keep her memory alive and for her to see my art from wherever she might be, around and above us.
I hope you enjoy this peek into my world through my art and my grandmother’s eyes. . .
To ask an artist about their process is akin to asking someone how they breathe. It’s difficult for me to explain, it just happens. I work in mixed-media and I’m very ADD in my styles of art. I might do one series of complete representational styles and then the next month do a series of abstract work. I go with what inspires me and that could be anything; a picture in a magazine, a phrase in a book, something my husband said. However I will say most of all what influences me the most is my grandmother. Hummingbird Studios was named after her for her love of the little bird and you will see this little bird show up in my work often.
I start out with a substrate and place down any and everything I can think of to it. Maps, letters, molding paste with stamps for texture, leaves ground up in paste or medium for texture all for a background and then it can either develop into a realistic piece or an abstract piece. My abstract pieces are very cubust in nature, while my representational pieces are more folksy and whimsical. I use everything from old letters and photos to wire and stones from an old piece of costume jewelry found at a flea martket.
I don’t pretend to know what will come of any piece that I begin, I don’t think it’s my business to know. It’s my job just to trust the universe, follow to flow of my muse and see what happens.
I’ve recently been featured on CBS DFW
I am currently showing at Mistltoe Gallery in Ft. Worth
If you have any questions or just want to chat feel free to contact me!
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