Today we’d like to introduce you to Polly Gentry.
Polly is a Kansas abstract multimedia artist. Her artistic process began as a child in Omaha, NE. Polly grew up in a home with a wonderful art collection which she would spend hours studying the intricate works of Picasso, Miro, Chagall, and more. Her father was a well-known architect, Stanley J. How. His vision and gift to create amazing buildings gave Polly a good foundation about design.
Polly’s art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and whimsical compositions. She has exhibited her artwork in solo and group exhibitions including the Alpine Arts Center, in, Edwards, CO, Hue Gallery and Mark Arts in Wichita, KS. In Polly’s first student exhibition she won the William Dickerson Honorary Award of Merit in “painting”. She has been juried and accepted into four national exhibitions. Polly’s artwork is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including a 7-piece installation at the Capitol Federal Hall School of Business in Lawrence, KS, HopeNET in Wichita, and Stratford Commons in Kansas City. She is a lifelong learner and takes classes at Mark Arts. She is currently a proud member of the Board of Trustees at Mark Arts and Koch Cultural Trust. “My artwork is simply paint that pours from my soul.”
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a multimedia artist. I have a technique where I cut and pin paper hearts to make designs. I love the cheerful presentation of hearts suspended in the air. I do Custom Heartwork where I take clients photos that they share to a dropbox, I crop and edit them then I cut them into hearts and pin them to a board. These pinned hearts are always framed in Lucite boxes which I feel protects them and makes a lovely presentation.
I also paint large abstract hearts and flags. I have always loved hearts so that’s why they appear in nearly everything I create. The flags are my way of expressing what I’m feeling about America at any given time. I always have hope that we will stand strong together and try to convey that in my flag paintings. I typically use acrylic paint most often and add in oil at the end. It is my hope that my paintings bring joy to those who have them.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I became a professional artist at the age of 53. Both of our kids had gone off to college and I really wanted to do something for myself. I started taking art classes at Mark Arts in Wichita, KS. I sold my first painting in 2014 and was in my first group exhibition the following year. At first, the goal was to just be able to pay for my art supplies. It took up until this year to begin showing a profit. It helped a lot to become active on Facebook and Instagram as that’s where the majority of my art sales occurred.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m currently showing in my hometown of Wichita, KS at a local spa called Beau Monde East. I also have my pinned hearts and watercolor sketches at a shop in Vail, Colorado called Perch. I am very active on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest under the name Polly Gentry Studio. I also have an up to date website, www.pollygentry.com.
- Website: www.pollygentry.com
- Phone: 316-258-4081
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @pollygentrystudio
- Facebook: @pollygentrystudio
- Twitter: @pollygentryart
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/pollygentrystudio/overview/
Aaron Patton took my action studio photos. All other artwork photos are mine.