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Fueled by creativity, coffee, and Jesus. I like banana bread, holding hands, puppies, and smiling at strangers. My hair is a hybrid of a poodle, curly fries, and a mop.

an artist's life for me. When I go too long without making something new, I feel untethered and ungrounded. I need to create. It centers me.

Francis Picabia. <em>La Source (The Spring).</em> 1912. Oil on canvas, <span class='nowrap'>8′ 2 1/4″ ×</span> <span class='nowrap'>8′ 2 1/8″</span> (249.6 × <span class='nowrap'>249.3 cm).</span> The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Collection, given by their family, 1974. <span class='nowrap'>© 2016</span> Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, John Wronn and Jonathan Muzikar

Known for creating highly detailed animal portraits set against stark white backgrounds, Italian painter Ester Curini has explained that isolating her subjects on a blank canvas allows her to concentrate on a subject’s essential characteristics, and, at the same time, on what is essential to her as an artist.

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