The other day, I stumbled upon Carissa Rose’s work on Artfire and I’m enthralled!
She is a tattooist in training but also works with pencil and paintbrush. In her own words, her “art is inspired by tattoos and people” and it isn’t hard to relate to her statement once you see her work.
The first thing that hits you (or me, as it were) is the contrast. “In your face” color cuts the deepest black into pieces. No shades of gray; no compromise!
Most of her subjects are young women but although femininity is dripping off of them like the colorful run-lines of paint that you can see in so many places, they are certainly not stereotypical beauty-queens without a mind of their own. They are characters, and as real, with all the facets of darkness, as the fields of perfect inky black.
Her work skillfully speaks to the observer. In many of her pieces you have strong eyes staring straight at you from the painting, involving you in the scene.
This is some serious art with attitude!
Thank you to Carissa Rose for the permission to display her work!
Artwork shown ©Carissa Rose Stevens. Do not use, edit or publish without authorized consent.
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