*** Angela Cunningham Workshop ***

Artist Bio:

Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. She studied at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing and Painting with a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California at LCAD and Saddleback College from 2005-2007, Angela pursued her passion for the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City. She graduated GCA in 2010. She now teaches privately at her own studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She also teaches workshops at various studios nationwide. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship Award, the Alfred Ross Achievement Award and more.

Artist Statement:

As a painter and a sculptor in a naturalistic and realistic style, I enjoy paying close attention to precise detail, and accurately portraying things as they exist in a natural setting. My inspiration is the character and individuality of my subjects. I work from life, for I feel it’s the purest way to see the intricacies of the subject's form, and the only way to interact and be inspired by the personality of the individual in front of me. Art is not only a way of observing the world and getting lost in its beauty, but it’s also an interaction, an understanding, and a relationship with life itself. Every individual has something that is unique, and I'm continually fascinated to learn each of my subjects character, traits, thoughts, and quirks. I’ve found that no matter how different we are as individuals, there is an underlying element of commonality between us. We can all relate to art that reveals someone's contained emotions and inner thoughts, and gives us a glimpse into humanity.
I draw artistic inspiration from many artists, especially the Naturalists of the late 19th century (Emile Fraint, William Bliss Baker), the late 19th Century Russian Realists (Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi), the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and contemporary artists Bruno Walpoth, Sally Mann, and Nicola Hicks. 
And I find these artists' quotes particularly apt and inspiring:

“We have to teach our eyes to look at nature, and there are many of us who have never seen it and never will.” ~ Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
“However clever you may be, Nature is your superior; however great your talent, she is greater: and if you only obey her you are sure to not be beside the mark. Great artists are truthful, and it is Nature who has taught them truth.” ~ Gustave Fraipont