By Joshua Deats
Along with fellow artist Steve Anthony, Obsidian is set to make its grand debut in the Arts Factory in Downtown Las Vegas along with some of the most stunning art the area has produced to date. This ladies story begins in Upstate New York, where at a young age the pencil and brush just seemed more natural than any other plaything. As stunning as her art is and a natural raw talent is obvious, Mandy still works hard at her craft and during our interview with her it was inspirational to hear about how she still strives to get so many more things right, than just sit back and bask in their glory. Upstate New York offered some art classes which Mandy pursued but did not focus entirely on at the time being. Life and such gets in the way and art was mainly done as gift ideas for friends and such. It was not until 8 years later when she moved to Las Vegas and had a giant new empty house to fill up. The bug came up and bit her to get to work and start filling up all of this blank space with her sparks of motivation. Going from home painter to entering contests, being displayed in galleries, and then starting one yourself does not just transition itself for anyone. The manifestation came during an unfortunate second placement in an art contest down at the Las Vegas City Hall to a very talented artist by the name of Steve Anthony. “I approached him to congratulate him and he invited me down to the Arts District and his gallery and now we are working together. Obsidian Fine Art was born. As hard as the portraits can be and as much time as they take to get right, Joy believes they are so much more reward at the end. The effort and work really gets so much positive response. To let out a little free-spirited creativity and release she does take a break to let some abstract work flow. It only makes sense to have that type of balance.
El senorita de los muertos. Or The women of the dead were what drew us to this artist in the first place and are glad that we inquired about how this collection came to canvas. “I originally did my first one as a custom order that a client wanted. It was from the photo of a woman with day of the dead makeup on. By the time of completion they did not have the money for it so that was that. I really thought it was my best piece to date. I really put a lot of work into the skin tones and was proud of it so decided to try it with galleries. When they saw it they wanted a whole collection to make a series. It just took off from there. “Everyone was very welcoming from that point on, Ias am terribly shy and do have some social anxiety. Talking to someone I do not know about my art is awkward as heck!” “For a lot of years I felt I let that hold me back, so I had to let go and just try.” Do not let the dark walls of the gallery or perceived somber theme of the works fool you.
There is so much life in this woman and what she puts on canvas pictures do not do them justice. She has not only managed to capture the essence of who whom she is painting, but a large portion of the locals as well with her stunning and fresh take on the macabre. It has been a busy past year gaining such acclaims as an award of excellence from the Las Vegas Arts and Cultural Advisory board , to opening a gallery, and having her art hung at the Mirage Casino on the world famous Strip. I have a feeling her list of accomplishments is about to soon become too long to list, and we will be moribundo ( dying ) for more. -Joshua Deats
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