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ABOUT DEVONA

Devona Stimpson is an artist + creative entrepreneur living in Houston, TX. She is the artist and designer behind Art By Devona where she sells flawlessly crafted artworks, murals, and prints painted with a brilliant fusion of colors that you'll LOVE. In her paintings and murals, she focuses on representing people’s authenticity, with a tendency to highlight powerful and sensual women who embrace both their power and their vulnerabilities. While a form of portraiture, these works explore our internalized identities. Her artworks & murals can be found in homes and businesses across the world.

She's also the host of the gangSTAR* CREATIVE podcast h
elping creatives thrive in their business + lifethe co-founder of Strive & Grind - an international branding boutique, and a best-selling author, international speaker, and branding expert.

FUN FACTS:
  • Has 2 cute doggies, Midget & Spazzy (click here to see their cuteness)
  • Married to her high school sweetheart of 15 years
  • Loves throwback hip hop and R&B
  • Loves to dance all the time
  • From Virginia Beach, VA, but lives in Houston, TX
  • Created her first website when she was in the 4th grade
  • Loves spicy foods and always has room for desserts

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Immersed in an aura of tranquility, figures emerge. In an intermingling of the real and the abstract, I capture the beauty of human energy within each of my subjects. I transform them, the act of painting becoming an intuitive and meditative act entirely dictated by emotion. It is here, in a constant ebb and flow of positive and negative energy, that I allow a variety of inspirations to meld; taking elements from music, pop culture, street art, nature, and even my own life. Reveling in a sense of peace, my work emits the serenity of my deepest contemplations. 

In my paintings and murals, I focus on representing people’s authenticity, with a tendency to highlight powerful and sensual women who embrace both their power and their vulnerabilities. While a form of portraiture, these works explore our internalized identities. They are a balance of the dichotomies we embody; strength and delicacy, defensiveness and transparency, confidence and insecurity. Bringing forth these hidden facets, I emphasize expression, pose, and posture so that each individual radiates life and dimension. 

The vibrant color palette only heightens the vivacity of my subjects, enchanting us in a kaleidoscopic vision of elegance, sensitivity, and fortitude. I allow my subjects to build from layer after layer of paint. I begin to juxtapose my figurative techniques with the abstract to elevate my subjects to an otherworldly nature, glorifying their distinctive personalities and powerful femininity. A symbiosis forms between myself and the painting. I allow the piece to speak to me, guiding my actions, revealing my own experiences, thoughts, emotions, and desires. My subjects exist in a universe I envision. In bringing them to life on canvas, or even in a public space, I invite everyone to share in their messages of strength and beauty.