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 CELIA PRAY – JULY ARTIST OF THE MONTH

CELIA PRAYMy paintings are of bold vibrant colors and lines that create movement and rhythm. Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, I grew up in Jamaica and venture to think that perhaps I am drawing on my Caribbean experiences. When embarking on a painting, I allow the creative energy to help guide me through the process and do not have any predetermined outcome or result.
I have always been interested in art. When I finished high school, I returned to Barbados and worked in the tourist industry which then led to several years working on charter yachts. Once deciding to move ashore, I resumed my art studies by taking a Foundation course at Heatherly’s School of Fine Art in London, England and followed up by receiving my BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where I settled on arriving in the United States.
A few years after receiving my degree in Boston, my family and I moved to New Hampshire where we renovated a Victorian farmhouse and turned it into a Bed and Breakfast which we ran for ten years. During this time I put my painting materials aside yet I continued to create using a variety of mediums, mostly in the form of collaged art quilts. In early 2012 I relinquished to a yearning to get back into painting.
I work intuitively, allowing the painting to take on a life of its own. It is a very personal experience where the materials are fluid, keeping it spontaneous and flowing. By using water color and ink I am able to achieve the fluidity. The acrylic canvas and pastel pieces are worked with a similar spontaneous action.
I came to live in Bluffton a year ago to be near my parents. I have two children, a son in New Hampshire and a daughter in Bogota, Colombia. Since coming to South Carolina I have been a member of the Art League of Hilton Head and an artist in residence at ARTworks, Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands in 2013. I had two works in the 30th Annual MOJA Art’s Festival Juried Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC and had some of my paintings in the Hilton Head Symphony 2013-14 program.

Contact:
144 Cypress Run, Bluffton, SC 29909
E-mail : celia.m.pray@gmail.com
Tel: (603) 986 – 6219
website: www.celiapray.com