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Avery is a native of Fort Worth, where she currently lives and makes art.  She teaches at local colleges, and enjoys outdoor pursuits and swimming.  Avery earned her MA and MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Tyler, a BFA in Painting from Texas Christian University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Redlands, California. She specializes in oil painting and relief printmaking.

Artist Statement

My work centers on the beauty and energy of the natural world.  I strive to convey a sense of joy and mystery, to depict the dynamism and vibrant vitality of the landscape and the life we find there.   Having a degree in Environmental Studies, I am interested in the relationships between elements of the landscape and am curious about animals and their perceptions.  I am inspired by time spent outdoors, as well as by reading animal stories, illustrated literature, and natural history. 

Often my paintings and linocuts of animals feature species native to Texas and the American West.  My intention in these works is to draw attention to the beauty, energy and mystery of the animals’ lives that surround us, while emphasizing the personal expression of each bird or animal.  Within each piece, I am interested in the animals' engagement with one another, the viewer, and the surrounding environment.   

In printmaking, I approach my subject matter with a different set of variables at a small scale.  I am drawn to the strong contrast of black-and-white Pueblo pottery and hope to convey a similar clarity of design.  I strive to create lively illustrations that bring the viewer into the particular moment being depicted, where they feel a connection with the imagery.  I enjoy the direct action of carving the plate, the sense of risk and the unknown in carving, using line, shape, and pattern to create rhythms across the surface and hopefully a sense of atmosphere or place.

For me, creating art relates to the energy and focus of playing physical sports.  My work integrates abstraction with representation, contributing to a believable moment that is yet imaginary.  I hope that viewers of my work will experience the excitement I feel when creating, and that the work will be an inspiration to others' vision and imagination.