Misty Mulleneaux came to the Phoenix area over twenty years ago from Ohio. She received her formal training in art from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, but has never stopped learning and growing. Upon moving to the southwest, she immediately found her work influenced by the bright light and color of the desert. This palette is reflected in her paintings of interior scenes, adobe buildings, and animals. There is a cubist influence running through much of Misty’s work in both paintings and sculpture. Her paintings have brightly colored fractured depths, and her sculptures also take on cubist shapes and leaning elements.
Her southwest paintings marry her love of architecture and the desert. While the composition is filled with cacti, trees, buildings and even hills leaning near the edge of collapse, the “whole” is completely balanced and brought together by her use of color. She excels at orchestrating many pieces in motion to produce a completed artwork that will forever keep the interest of the eye.
Animals, pets in particular, are near and dear to her heart. Misty is a long-time volunteer for the Arizona Humane Society and donates works of art and her time on a regular basis. In pets, Misty finds much sculptural inspiration which has provided the foundation for the Humane Society’s successful Petcasso Collection, available exclusively at the Compassion with Fashion annual fundraiser (link: http://www.azhumane.org/cwf/). Each year Misty provides the design for the pet sculptures for Petcasso. Her cubist-influenced design is then replicated and shared with 24 local artists. The artists paint and adorn the sculptures in their own unique style. The finished sculptures are then auctioned off to raise money for the Humane Society
Also, check out “Griffiti” on Misty’s website – a tribute that all pet lovers will appreciate.
Misty is a member of the Sonoran Art League and you can view more of her work on her website at: http://mulleneaux.com/index.html
She will be at the Art in the Garden Show and Sale at Shemer on March 15th with both her paintings and her sculptures. Her paintings range in size from 6”x6” to 30”x40”. The sculptures range from roughly 8” square up to 36” square.