Artist StatementIn 2005, I woke up when the Lord told me that I was going to paint. I didn't know what I was going to paint with because I didn't like the smell of paint or the cleanup. My mother called me the next day and said that she has some makeup for me. I used lipstick only. She had lipstick, but she also gave me eye shadows, eye brow pencils, rouge, and other kinds of makeup. A light bulb went off. I said to myself that you paint your lips with lipstick, your eyes with eye shadow, and your cheeks with rouge. I thought maybe I can paint my pictures with makeup too. I have been illustrating pictures since I was three years old, when my mother would give me plain paper and I would illustrate the pictures in coloring books. In September 2005, I figured out how to paint my pictures with makeup. My artwork is full of texture, depth, and bold colors because makeup gives my artwork the same uplift and wonder that it gives people. Now I am known as the Mother of Makeup Art. I have been selling my originals and prints of my precious paintings for the last 10 years. They are full of color, energy, excitement, emotion and feeling. I call my art Fantasy Art or Happy Prints because they add bold bright colors, warmth, and beauty to any environment. People have compared my paintings to a Monet, Matisse, and other great impressionists. A day after I painted my first picture, I sold it. I was so excited. Women in the Baltimore area and all around the United States donate their used makeup to me to paint my delightful and cheerful paintings to bring joy to someone's life. I started painting to bring the joy back in my life when a young family member died suddenly. I could not paint without these generous donations. When I paint I am full of wonder and joy and I know my paintings fill the world with wonder and joy too.
Hello, my name is Gloria Garrett and I am the Mother of Makeup Art. I have been painting pictures with donated makeup for 10 years. My artwork was exhibited at Barnes and Nobles Book Store in Towson in 2006. It was exhibited at The Creative Alliance in 2006 also. I have exhibited my artwork at The American Visionary Art Museum since 2005. Ted, Frankel, the manager of the gift shop at the museum has been buying my original artwork for the past 10 years. In 2008 I gave a talk at the Baltimore Museum of Art about my makeup art. I compared it to the Cone Sisters Collection at the Museum. In this collection there are works of arts from Monet, Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso. My artwork was part of the show "What Make US Smile" at The American Visionary Art Museum in 2010. I was the featured artist for the show on Channel 45 News, Cover Story Portion on Oct 13, 2010. The news showed me painting with makeup outside on the steps of the museum. You can see more of my artwork at www.gloriasart.com. I have exhibited at festivals all around Maryland and at Farmer's Markets all around Baltimore City for the past 10 years. In 2015, I have exhibited at The Maryland Institute College of Art, Ukazoo Books in Towson, The Evergreen Café in Roland Park, The Herb Festival in Baltimore City, The Common Ground Music Festival in Westminster, Maryland, Ward-Neese Gallery in New York City and in at my Baltimore studio. My artwork will be exhibited at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans from January 9 to February 6 2016.