Mexicanity in its finest art form
Crimson Shults is a professional portrait artist. After earning her Master of Arts from Midwestern State University in Texas, she set-up her studio where she creates her paintings, including Mexican culture inspired themes that are installed throughout the Southern United States. She currently teaches pastels and painting through the Continuing Education Department at Midwestern State University and her exhibition schedule is available on her website.
As a native Texan, Mexicanity is a part of my heritage. My high school sits on Cesar Chavez Street in Austin; our masses are in both Spanish and English; Mexican culture has inspired the murals that cover our cities’ buildings. Even as a non-Hispanic, there is a requisite that we speak at least un poco de Español and make guacamole from scratch. Our cultures are inextricably woven together from centuries of living in the same land.
Crimson Shults was chosen as the artist for Kitchen LTO, a permanent pop-up restaurant in Dallas, Texas that gives a rotating home to up and coming chef and design talent.
Crimson was tasked with creating the perfect atmosphere for the guests of Chef Anastacia Quinones. A Culinary Institute of America grad who will be slinging at the pop-up restaurant the sort of refined modern Mexican fare she became known for at Alma and Komali.
What Inspires you to paint the avocado?
Authors write what they know. Artists paint their environment. So, an avocado on my counter made for an obvious choice for an afternoon of drawing–no trace of my subject left behind after I indulged in my favorite snack.
My mother professes to have eaten avocados nearly every day of her pregnancy so my taste for them was established well before I was born. A powerhouse of health, the avocado is the little black dress of nature’s bounty–perfect for salads, smoothies, as an appetizer, condiment or main course. Behind the avocado’s leathery hide is a creamy delicacy, rich in hues of green and ochre, that is as irresistible to my artist’s eye as it is to my appetite.