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Intriguingly Surreal Portraits of Women Inspired by Nature

Emily Flint is a Lynchburg, Virginia-based artist whose paintings are inspired by the natural life that thrives along the James River and Blue Ridge Mountains. Her portraits of women are completed with acrylic paint and graphite on birch panels. The soft application of this media allows for the brilliant rings of the wood to shine through and create an interesting design motif in the background. Flint's meticulous mark-making highlights her realistically-rendered subjects and their encounters with nature.

The artist's figures are combined with insects and nests, and you'll find bees that line the gentle, blonde waves of a woman's hair. Other portraits feature honeycombs nestled within the sculptural updo and skin of her subjects. In one of Flint's more surreal paintings, two women are mirrored in a beautifully-contorted composition where a bee eerily rests on one's shoulder and the other's tongue. It creates a highly symbolic image that's both mysterious and intriguing to the viewer.

Emily Flint website and Saatchi Art page
via [Ghost in the Machine]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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