The Story of Artist Cosette Grider
With over 30 years of drawing and painting as a hobby in my hometown of Burbank, CA, I finally made the leap in the middle of the insanity that was 2020, into a full time career as an Artist. I had worked steadily as a CAD artist in the fashion industry for 14 years and felt that tug (i.e. intuition, though I didn't know it at the time) towards something new and exciting in the last two years of being someone else's employee. After dedication to therapy, life coaching, ALL the self help books I can devour, online Art courses, and then, a sudden tragic death in the family, I took the plunge. I decided to use my gifts and live a life of purpose.
During the beginning of the pandemic, I sketched, watercolored, and acrylic painted portraits (people and pets) as commissions, gifts for friends/family, and for my portfolio. Nothing feels as spiritually fulfilling as using my gift in a way that brings happy tears to someones eyes.
However, there is that "tug" again. A gradual pull towards a niche. I believe we are meant to glean all kinds of inspiration from challenges and struggles. The ugly cry. The despair. The imposter syndrome. The feeling of "worth". The insecurities. How do those propel you forward?
After much practice in trying, failing, learning, and succeeding, I find myself most inspired by female resilience. The unapologetic confidence of a woman who is who she is. I am inspired by the Women in my life who have beat the odds and have Empowered themselves and the women around them. I get emotional just thinking about it.
This is why I am SO excited about my new untitled collection still in it's germinating phase. With my new love of bold abstract and my old love of painting portraits, I'll be painting a collection of Vintage from the vintage Silver Screen Era, chowing down on food. Glamorous, quirky, sultry, and unapologetic. It's an homage to Old Hollywood and the standards society puts on Women.