Mallory Hart is a professional artist and illustrator based out of Denver, Colorado. Inspired by the rustic, gritty, industrial side of the natural world, she renders a style that is both realistic and playful. Mallory specializes in watercolor but regularly works with acrylic and oil, as well as other mediums.
Her vast portfolio runs the gamut from disquietly dark skull images to joyously heartwarming pet portraits. In addition to fine art, Mallory creates enamel pins, patches, and stickers.
As a scenic artist in the world of professional theatre, Mallory has been very fortunate to collaborate with world-renowned designers and participate in numerous award-winning productions. Mallory has two cats, a BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in illustration, a dog
, a lizard, and a husband.
What’s your preferred medium to paint? Have you tried different mediums before?
Currently, my favorite medium is definitely watercolor! I can work fairly quickly with it, clean up is easy, and I love how it layers up! I frequently mix gouache into my watercolor to create opaque areas and bring lighter areas back out. Most of my work contains tightly rendered areas and I find that the watercolor and gouache combination works beautifully for this. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with just gouache in a much looser fashion. This has been a great exercise and some cool work has come out of it. I also love working with acrylic and oil on larger pieces and hope I can do more of them soon.
Favorite living artists?
Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins! He’s been a huge inspiration for the last decade at least! I love the worlds he creates in his paintings and how intricate the details are. You can look at his paintings for hours and continue to find new things. He’s also how I discovered Trekell!
I love going to the Met when I’m in NYC. But I can’t look at everything in one visit. It’s way too overwhelming. There are so many good things! And while it may not be traditional museum, I’m a fan of the interactive art exhibits places like Meow Wolf and Team Lab are creating. I’m excited to see the future of more of these types of exhibits!
What’s the meanest thing someone has said about your art? How did you respond?
I sell my art at a lot of expos and conventions. People will come up to my booth, as if I‘m the artist, and then say something like “oh, it’s weird. I don’t like it” and walk away. But I think it’s funny. I love it. I know my work isn’t for everyone. And that’s fine.
Who was you biggest supporter when you decided to pursue art as a career?
My family has always supported me the most! And they still do! I don’t think they ever doubted I would be making my life as an artist in the future. I’m very thankful to have come from a supporting arts-loving family.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to make art for a living?
Do it. Make art. Create things. You have to make lot of bad art before the good art will come out. That’s a fact. Don’t worry about every piece being beautiful and amazing. There will be garbage pieces that you just throw away. Not everything has to be shown or posted online. Eventually the good stuff will surface!
Mallory's Favorite Trekell Products:
I love the Golden Taklon brushes and the Kolinsky brushes. I also love the Halloween panels! Because who doesn’t want to paint on a coffin panel?
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