The Briar Elf

by Kelley Hensing

This figure emerged on his own, inspired from a skull (this one being a rabbit) I have from a collection of nature items. I love creating headpieces and this one is both beautiful but potentially dangerous. The dark druid elf has many tales to tell.

I wanted to include photos of this piece from sketch to finished painting, so you can find these listed below. The original sketch evolved in my notebook. Once I had the shapes and lighting figured out I re-drew the final more refined version onto brown paper, which I later mounted and sealed to masonite for painting.

My work often features antique and vintage frames. I’m always on the hunt for oval and more unusual shaped frames in little mom and pop shops during my road trips. The Briar Elf has one of these finds made of wood and painted in gold and black.

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Kelley is an artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of design. Her favorite medium is oil paint and she loves to create her work by hand. She is fascinated with deciphering the myths and symbolism behind all types of religions. She believes being well-read in a variety of subjects is an important element to bring depth to art making, with a few of her favorites being psychology and scientific discovery. Traveling is her only other passion equal to a career in art and is a vital component of inspiring her work. In her art making she explores hidden meanings behind obscure stories, influenced by a mix of genres from the gothic and steampunk to classic fantasy and legends.
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