By Jon Accarrino
One of the things you’ll notice when you visit the Red Touch Media booth at CES, is the elements of art integrated into the booth’s design. Things like a flock of 124 birds flying into the ceiling or a wall of painted faces definitely make Red Touch Media stand out from all the “booth noise” at CES 2013. I was lucky enough to get a chance to interview the artist behind the painted Faces artwork before CES started. Here’s my interview with artist/designer Michelle Carnes.
The Faces piece was conceived with the desire to communicate that Red Touch Media is a global company about people, diversity, and integration. I wanted to mix the high tech metallic and Lucite materials with classic oil-on-canvas art to show the texture of media, old and new. The faces represent a “superhero” feel to me saying that although we are one, we all have national pride. I feel it says a lot more than just the flags alone.
I am so thrilled it’s ridiculous! So very grateful for the opportunity, I hope they are well received.
Umm, let’s see …a voice activated robot hard drive / coffee machine would be amazing, but the new advances in audio are what excites me the most, the Gibson booth looks like it’ll be fun.
I try to paint from life, en plein air, as much as possible, to capture the human element, and the energy of life. I try to find beauty in the mundane and express it through shape and color. I feel it’s my way of giving back through my art, to say, “Wait, look …life is beautiful.”
I am a Mac girl from day one, and use Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign (Quark was my first love), and have a serious addiction to the smell of oil paint!
Carnes Creative is an award-winning, full-service graphic design and fine art studio that has designed everything from corporate identities and all the related print collateral to sides of light rail trains. I specialize in infusing fine art elements into corporate collateral, and strongly believe that every annual report needs a smear of oil paint.
Painting live is the only way you can see true color and form. Being an artist, you usually find yourself doing your craft at 1 am alone in your studio. Since I am a very social person and love painting from life, I decided to change that by putting together live painting shows with other artists, music, dancers and models, our show is called Ser la Muse. I also love to go outdoors and paint en plein air. The sights, sounds and smells of nature help the creative experience.
Like a mother with twins, I am excited by and grateful for both, but since a big chunk of my career has been as a professional designer, I am really enjoying focusing on my fine art, and am opening up a gallery this spring. But I will always be both a graphic designer and an oil painter.
Let’s do it!
I’m very shy.
Come see Red Touch Media’s awesome booth, and give them tons of business!