BLUE ART GALLERY by Gennie Prochazka

 

Artist Statement

In an effort to (most likely) shut me up and stop pestering her, my mother handed me some paper and a pencil when I was very little. “Here”, she said… “be quiet and draw a princess for me.” Not knowing how to draw a princess, but certainly intrigued, I started drawing and painting…. and haven’t stopped. It started with princesses and fairy-tale creatures (most notably Alice in Wonderland), and now… anything and anyone is fair game for my imagination and paint brush. People intrigue me the most… as they come in all shapes and sizes and you never know who will come around the corner.

I use pen and ink and watercolor with lots and lots of unexpected detail, which gives my artwork a unique and distinctive style (so I’ve been told). The most important thing is that what I create amuses me and gives me a sense of peace. Sometimes you want to be something else or somewhere else…and art allows you to travel there.

I've been illustrating children's books and magazine short stories for over 20 years and have recently forayed into handmade greeting cards and design.

Please visit my resume for more details on my artistic background and clientele.

Gennie Prochazka

Resume:

Clientele:

Wagtalesrescue.org. and mybestbuddy.org: Create custom line of “dog” necklaces for sale on websites. 2012
Constance Kay Greeting Cards, Inc. , New York, NY , Greeting Card Artist 2009-2011
Harmony Works, Redondo Beach, CA , Selling current line of "Fairy" greeting cards
Sol Salon , Culver City, CA , - Solo Show June 2011; displayed artwork in salon from 2006-2011.
Petit Tresor , Beverly Hills, CA , Design/hand-paint for custom furniture orders and murals for high-end children's furniture store (2003 -2008).
Max Daniel Baby , Palos Verdes, CA , Provide hand-painted furniture for "baby" gift baskets for movie studio , clientele (2005)
Charmont Catering , Beverly Hills, CA , Designed company (animated) , secondary logo for website (March, 2004)
r forrest productions , Los Angeles, CA , Designed logo and letterhead for production company (2003)
Tweaked Snowboards , Burbank, CA , Designed top sheet graphics for 2000/20001 line of snowboards

Illustration:

“I Write Therefore I Am” (2012) by Roy Anthony Shabla. Illustrated front and back cover of chapbook.
Downey Patriot Newspaper January 2011 to present. Editorial cartoonist for weekly environmental column. Downey, CA
Steve Perez, 2011 Designed logo for the Downey “Green Gardener”
Women Uncensored, 2003 , Sheila Ellison , Designed web site home page graphic/illustration
Sheila Ellison, 2003 , Harper Collins Publishing , Inside illustrations for yet unpublished manuscript
Shofar Magazine - Melville, New York , Illustrator, 1987 - 1999 , Illustrated short stories for Jewish educational children's magazine on assignment.
The Last Troubador, 1991 by Carmelo Gariano, Ph.d. , Published by Ediciones Universal , Front Cover Illustration
Sleeping Beauty , Wilde Productions, Inc. (1991) , Illustrated for independent video and cable production.
Prime Time Rhyme, 1990 by Shari Cohen , Published by Forward March , Cover and inside illustrations
Macaroni & Fleas, 1987 by Shari Cohen , Published by John Daniels, Fithian Press , Cover and inside illustrations.

Event Participation and Affiliations:

La Puente Artwalk, August 18, 2012
Art on the Vine Art Exhibit, Downey, CA November 12-30, 2011.
Sol Salon, Culver City, CA - displayed artwork in salon from 2006-2011.
Exhibition of "Bat Girls" artwork at Pilates Plus DTLA- May 16, 2009-July 19, 2009.
"Kid's Day" (presented by Bellevarado Studios), Los Angeles, CA, June 29, 2008
Harvest Festival, Long Beach, CA, October 2005 , Okizu Foundation's 11th Annual Art Inspiring Hope Gala - "The Hair Ball" (March 5, 2005) , The Big Picture (presented by Artist Salon) Art Exhibit, October 16, 2004 , PAWS/LA Art Auction, October, 2001, 2002, 2003 , Crafty Ladies Holiday Boutique, 2002 , Beverly Hills
“Affaire in the Gardens” Art Show, May 20-21, 2000 , Laguna Beach Art Affaire, 1998 , Free Arts for Abused Children, 1996, 1997

Education:

California State University, Northridge, 1989 , Bachelor of Arts, Illustration/Art2D
Santa Monica City College , Interior Design and Architecture, 1999