100 Creatives 2014: Anne-Joelle Galley, Artist

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Artist Anne-Joelle Galley likes working with vibrant colors. It's an affinity, she says, best explained by Matisse in his Notes of a Painter: "The chief aim of color should be to serve expression as well as possible. I put down my colors without a preconceived plan. (...) I discover the quality of colors in a purely instinctive way. (...)"

What she does: Galley calls herself a print-maker, painter and colorist. She'll be adding wearable art to her resume soon.

Why she likes it: The great-niece of famed European painter/composer/writer Pierre Alin, Galley says enjoys the process of building work, of making creative choices as she goes along rather than following some pre-determined plan. "I am very lucky to be artistic, yet, unlike my great uncle, I was not born with the [ability] to approach a canvas or plate and be done from the very beginning. I really have to work at my art and re-visit each project over and over again. That process is what creates the passion for me, as [I'm] 'working' a piece.

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What inspires her: Having been brought up in Mexico, Galley is strongly influenced by the intense colors found in Mexican art. Her own work - from paintings to prints - reflect her taste for bright, brilliant colors.

If not this, then what: Asked what other profession she might enjoy, Galley steps completely out of the visual art world. "I would love to be a cellist or a baritone. There is a deep resonance to [that] instrument and voice that enchant me."

If not here, then where: "If not Houston, then London, a vibrant artistic city. Houston is home base for now, a wonderful and welcoming city, where I can easily develop my art ideas ..."

What's next: "The newest project involves re-creating my paintings and mono-types into a series of limited edition luxury silk scarves, each scarf becoming a piece of art in its own right. The next endeavor - already in the works - involves the incorporation of paper collage with oil on canvas."

For information, visit annejoelle.com.

More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Michelle Ellen Jones, ballroom dancer and actress Morris Malakoff, photographer and filmmaker Terrill Mitchell, dancer Deji Osinulu, photographer Mason Sweeney, artist K.J. Russell, sci-fi author and writing teacher Emily Robison, choreographer and filmmaker John Cramer, violinist and concertmaster Shipra Mehrotra, Odissi dancer and choreographer Winston Williams, comics artist Octavio Moreno, opera singer Dylan Godwin, actor, storyteller and teacher McKenna Jordan, independent bookstore owner Steven Trimble, mixed media artist Sandria Hu, visual artist and professor of art Robert Gouner AKA Goon73, photographer Shawna Forney and Erma Tijerina (aka SHER), culture gurus Mark Bradley, photographer James Ferry, comics artist Keith Parsons, author and philosophy professor Alonzo Williams Jr., photographer Rudy Zanzibar Campos, painter Paige Kiliany, director Betirri Bengtson, visual artist Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer Larry McKee, cinematographer Tiffany Heath, filmmaker Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer

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