Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Decorator XXVII

Chloe York "The Decorator XXVII" Acrylic on Canvas 36"x48" 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I Entered a Contest Today

Vote for me so I can sell me some prints and win some money for new canvasses? Click on the link to vote for each piece. I submitted three. I greatly appreciate your support. You have no idea.

Coming Soon: "XO: Collaborative Works by Chloe York and Eric Quick"

Some exciting news. My proposal for a showcase of collaborative works by Eric Quick and myself has been accepted for a one-night exhibition at Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN. We are set for Saturday, July 18th, 2015. We hope to see you there!

Chloe York and Eric Quick "Decorator Crab" Mixed Media on Paper 24"x26" 2013

"Decorator Crab" detail

The Decorator XXVI

Chloe York "The Decorator XXVI" Acrylic on Panel 24"x36" 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Excerpt- A Little Taste of "The Terra Codex"

I promised you a bit of how the book Eric and I are writing is going so far. We're well into the interesting bits, about 33,000 words in. We've settled on a title. "The Terra Codex."

This is part of the boring introductory stuff and serves in setting up the character, Eloise while she spends time with her boyfriend on an ordinary day. This little part seemed appropriate as content on an art blog goes. Enjoy:

She nuzzled his cheek with her nose and stared at his somber eyes. She loved those eyes. She loved the variations of blue there, rich phtalos, swirling teals, and arbitrary gold flecks. Since they’d been together, her color palettes had noticeably shifted to mimic those eyes.
On the easel, the painting sat, powerful and dominant in spite of its smallness. Spirals of pastel greens and blues mingled with gentle strokes of teal broken apart by grasping vine shapes that Eloise had to admit did resemble the limbs of a sea creature. The surface was flat, dimensionless, but within each shape and especially in the areas of shifting lights and darks, was an undeniable depth. In the foreground were the slightest touches of gold, flecked out among muted greens.
She beamed triumphantly, inwardly congratulating herself on capturing Nathan’s eyes so perfectly. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Anno Domini Memphis

I am excited to announce my future partnership with the lovely designer Christian Nelius of Anno Domini Art and Design as she furnishes her new show room due to open Summer 2015. Christian and I both dig vibrant colors and I look forward to seeing her space and my paintings inside it. Check out Anno Domini's Instagram page for further awesomeness.

How I Dress for Work

I was recently featured on the design blog, The Lovely Side as a Working Girl. Check out the full article here

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Skulls and Bugs

These were fast watercolor and ink drawings. Just having a little fun.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Chloe York "Cell" Acrylic on Canvas 18"x24" 2014

This is pretty minimal for me, but there's something to be said for areas of rest.


This painting was created to serve as an illustration for the novel my husband and I are writing. One of the characters is a painter and does this piece for herself at the beginning of the story. It was interesting to channel a fictional character, to consider how they might paint something and what it means to them. We are about 28,000 words into the story so far and I might share an excerpt here once we've worked out the kinks. First draft mode means I don't want anyone to see what we're doing, but certainly the occasional illustration couldn't hurt. Check in for more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Studio and Teal Mood

18"x24" Acrylic on Canvas 2014

18"x24" Acrylic on Canvas 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014


The Decorator XXV

Chloe York "The Decorator XXV" Acrylic on Canvas 48"x72" 2014







Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Essential Summer 2014: Chloe York

My office

Bar DKDC in the Cooper Young district. My new favorite eats.

Eating / Healthier. Lots of greens like arugula, kale, and brussels sprouts and I'm learning to cut out all the sugar.
 Drinking /Water, coffee, and Moscow Mules.
 Practicing /Aromatherapy. I have a modest collection of essential oils that help me sleep better, calm me in times of stress, and I use Thieves oil as my perfume. 
 Mastering / My first managerial position as the Community Education Associate at Memphis College of Art. I love it here.
Learning / To write a novel. It is a huge undertaking and very time-consuming. 
 Trying / Reading at least one book a month. I recently finished "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories "Fragile Things", and a rad graphic novel series called "Saga."
 Playing / On that Pottermore website. Turns out, I'm a Hufflepuff.
 Reading / Design blogs and real books with no pictures. And books with just pictures. I read whenever I can. It is the jam.
 Remembering / How much I love autumn. I love being cold, bundling up, and having pumpkin in EVERYTHING. I yearn for red leaves, crisp cedar scented breezes, and oversized sweaters.
 Wearing / Loose fitting garments that make me feel like a lovely bohemian. Lots of rings. Big chunky necklaces. Layers even in the 90+ degree heat. 
Cooking / Pastas, curry chicken, avocados and capers and mint on everything.
 Working / In my beautiful new office surrounded by children's artwork and on that novel I keep mentioning. I'm also struggling with a new, blue hued Decorator.
 Traveling / To the woods, the Cooper Young district, local restaurants like Bar DKDC, shops like Goner Records, Burke's Bookstore, making new discoveries in the city I've decided to call home.
 Wanting / Coconut oil, Valor Essential oil from Young Living, a tiny potted fir tree for the living room, a Moroccan rug, an endless supply of Golden acrylics. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Progress: The Decorator XXV

In Progress: Chloe York The Decorator XXV Acrylic on Canvas 48"x72" 2014

Illustrative Sketches

Eric and I are well into the book we're writing and things have really started coming together. We've made a lot of changes so far. For instance the main characters are teenagers now. We nixed the cabin. Soon I will share an excerpt from what we have so far, but for now, just be satisfied with some concept art, sketches Eric made of armor and relics to be used in the story.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Art Camp Showcase

For the last few months, I have been co-managing MCA's Summer Art Camp program. I am having the time of my life working with young artists and being constantly amazed at the work they produce in just five days of camp.

The camp runs for four weeks in June and July. Students choose from any of those four weeks with two class options for each day and the ages of the campers range from pre K-12th grade. This year, we offered metals, drawing and painting, soft and clay sculpture, photoshop, digital and darkroom photography, comics, and more. These classes are taught by trained degree holding artists and they are challenging and super fun. We always receive such positive feedback from both campers and parents alike and I am not surprised.

Starting on Wednesday, the teachers, myself, and a few helpers put together an amazing exhibition of our Summer Art Camp participants this year. Each student has one piece in this show. It was awesome to figure out where to put all of the artwork and to come up with a satisfying arrangement that looked nice in the entire Rust Hall gallery of Memphis College of Art. Here are some progress shots through various stages of the hanging process. The show will officially open on July 19th with a closing reception on Sunday,  July 27th. This is really one of the best shows at MCA each year, so come check it out before it's over!