Painter / AC Monroe Designs
Where are you from?
I’m from Mount Juliet, but my husband and I just bought a home in Bon Aqua, TN in November 2019.
How long have you been making your art?
I have painted on anything that stayed still long enough since my mother bought me my first bottle of fingernail polish! But I officially began painting and selling art in late 2018/early 2019. My style has evolved a bit since that time and I anticipate it will continue to do so!
What was the pivotal moment that made you decide to follow your path as an artist?
I spent years working for corporate America as an accountant. I was trying to support my family while my husband tried to get his career going after his time served in the military. I was struggling deeply with depression as a result of my profession, and I began to try “paint pouring” after one of my cousins shared a video of it with me. I started smiling again – in awe of the process and results – and my husband decided he would do anything to help me love my life again. In March of 2019, after my husband settled in to his profession, he told me to quit my job and come home to heal my heart, and I have been blossoming ever since!
What can you tell us about your process?
Most paintings these days begin with me seeing an image of colorful stained glass works and trying to emulate that design with acrylics. On occasion, I see a canvas and I know exactly what to do, like a recent painting I completed of four sunflowers. I painted that by referring to photos of sunflowers and then I tried to create that stained glass look. I really love that painting. Sometimes I’ll go back to fluid art just for the fun of the surprise result, too! I really enjoy blowing paint around on a canvas with a blow dryer!
What are some of your favorite places where your work has been displayed?
My art is all the way through my home and I love to look at it every day! It reminds me of how far I’ve come! Nothing beats taking my art to a craft fair, though! I absolutely love sharing these pieces with the world! I can take all of the pictures I want, but there’s nothing like seeing it in person!
Who are some of your inspirations?
Rinske Douna is a big inspiration. She started the “Dutch Pour” and nobody does it like her! She’s so beautiful and vibrant! I love her energy! She is always coming up with new ideas! Actually, my stained glass work started because I was watching one of her tutorials on blending and when I tried it myself I thought “Wow! That looks like stained glass to me!” and I just went with it! I’ve been doing my own thing ever since. I love that, too – being inspired by someone without copying everything they do makes me feel like an actual artist.
What work that you’ve done are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of my sunflower painting (pictured above). That piece is a HUGE step for me! It’s all my brain child and is helping me feel comfortable stepping into who I am!
Is there a single painting that you would like to be remembered for?
Not yet! I don’t know when that piece is coming, but I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
What have you found to be your biggest challenge in making your art? Color theory. I am still working on being able to partner colors without referencing the work of others.
What would you say your future goals include?
Getting better at what I do without applying pressure so that the creativity still flows freely.
Are there any current or upcoming projects/events you would like to promote?
Yes! After 16 years of marriage and infertility, my husband and I have decided to adopt a sibling group out of foster care. 100% of the proceeds from my paintings are funding this venture!
What would you like to see happen in Fairview to build a better art community?
I would love to see a gallery for the members to display their art and possibly sell it!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I am so excited to have such amazing neighbors! I didn’t expect that there would be such a community for artists when I moved out here. I’m grateful for you guys!