Gena Destri: Spider Plant
Gena Destri McGill
Colored Pencil on Paper
8.5” x 9” (framed/matted to 9” x 11”)
Plants are so fun, and sometimes seem like they have a secret life of their own. This Spider Plant (as I grew up calling them) made a little baby plant and it drew me in - I just had to draw it! I finished it out with some fun and playful line work to pump up the energy that I felt this plant embodied.
Get to Know the Austin Artist:
I'm a versatile artist working in many mediums, navigating motherhood and wife-hood while piecing together an art business and eventually an art school. I love teaching art, and I strive to solve riddles encountered in life through painting rough, abstracted memories, then fine-tuning them with playful lines, adding depth and focus to the simplest of paintings. I am deeply connected to faith and nature in my artwork, you can look for spiritual themes in many of my pieces.
I grew up in Olathe/Overland Park, Kansas and caught the "farm girl" bug early in life - I still get weak in the knees at the remembrance of bass fishing in my Grandpa's pond. I went on to get my BFA from Oklahoma Baptist University where I was awarded the Outstanding Senior Artist Award. Eventually I found myself in Austin, TX where I showed my artwork in various places, met and eloped with my husband, and made babies soon after. Now, when not in my home art studio, I volunteer at the Buda Public Library facilitating free art classes once a month, and spend my time cultivating a love of exploration with my 2 children while making coffee and kombucha with my husband.