• Artist’s Objective Statement •
My name is Courtney King. I do not set out to produce art about one subject or another. I produce art to understand the issues around me. I’m never without a sketch book so I am constantly drawing. I try to use my art to express different sides of controversial issues helping to bring healing and compromise. Art has always been my outlet and escape music is a second outlet.
I hope I evoke a sense emotion, healing, understanding and compassion in my art these are just a few of the things I hope to accomplish with my art. I also want to inspire and motivate others I believe having a positive and optimistic outlook and attitude on life is a major key to success.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel, and experience; nature, people and animals. Some major influences I have always loved are Japanese cartoons, fantasy, sci-fi gothic, steam-punk, art nouveau and art deco. I use bold strong colors to help bring the observer into the emotion and feel of my artwork. I am a self taught artist and I have been drawing since I was two years old. I want to expand my subject matter and techniques.
My work tends to focus on mythical creatures, Japanese cartoons, fantasy, anthropomorphic figures, gothic and some new age concepts. A very large part of my drawings focuses on an item person or creature that are out of the ordinary but which are completely comfortable within whom they are. I am a meticulous and notorious for my attention to detail and my use of color in my art. I hope that by illustrating the beauty of all creatures, my works help the observer see and accept the beauty and potential within them and within others.
I am 32 years old and I am currently two courses away from being done with my graphic design degree. I am currently attending Wake Tech community college. I am going to go back to get an associate’s also in fine arts and then I am going to pursue opportunities about teaching as a college art professor. I hope to go back to school at some point for a higher education, I have always wanted to be a teacher.
My interest's are Anime, Cons, Music, Art, Poetry, Dance and anything different or artistic.
I am also a hobbyist I collect things from the 80 's like Jem and the Holograms and certain vintage Disney Princess dolls. I will always have a soft spot for Sailor Moon it's the first anime that got me into Manga and other anime.
My main influences in my art are Alphonse Mucha, Clamp, Amy Brown, Boris Vallejo, Julie Belle,Wendy and Richard Pini, Naoko Takeuchi, Jessica Galbreth, Drew Hayes, Alan Moore, James O Barr, Louis Ruyo and so many other awesome artist's I can't remember at the moment.
Well I suppose there's not much else I live in a three bedroom house and have a 13 year old Siamese cat named Kenji..I keep to myself most of the time..even though I am always somehow surrounded by people. I'm a homebody.I love to cook and surprisingly I love to crank some tunes up and clean. I am currently a freelance artist for hire after the degree I am hoping for something more solid.