Welcome to Artmoniq! The artist, Moniq, also known as Monika Buell, began learning the basics of pastel painting beginning in November 2014 when, to help a struggling friend reignite her artistic talent, she began taking art lessons. Monika found the creative process to be not only surprisingly therapeutic but also a welcome diversion from long hours in the office. Previous excursions into the art world in high school, an occasional drawing, and a vast number of projects inside and out of the Buell home had revealed a deep connection to color and design. Nevertheless, Monika's practical nature won out as she focused her energy on raising a family and being the office support for her husband's thriving plumbing business.
Awakening latent natural aptitudes by sharing art experiences with local artists in the community, Monika quickly drew support from her family who declared that becoming an artist was a perfect fit for the eager student. Still, challenged by meeting the daily demands of running the office of their business, the emerging artist struggled to prioritize her new hobby. Despite the demands of business, she managed to set aside time to paint. Lessons in plein air, water colors, larger and more challenging projects developed her observational skills. With her art teacher's encouragement, Monika continued to surprise her audience and was honored with several ribbons and recognition of her work at the CCAL Annual Art Show in June, 2015.
Monika enjoyed learning oil painting techniques and instruction from videos and DVD recordings by Gary Jenkins, his wife Kathwren Jenkins, and Dan Edmonson along with a local teacher/mentor, Pat Snelling Weiner and her husband Mike. The local art league offered classes taught by Shirley Barhaugh and Julie Orriet that were exciting interludes of exploration for this avid learner. Shirley, a talented artist along with her husband Dennis, contributes immeasurably to the local community of artists through the Cody Country Art League. Shirley inspires with her own vibrant work as well as valued words of encouragement, classes and lessons. Along with several local artists who have shared advice on supplies, techniques and composition, Shirley's husband, Dennis Barhaugh is another talented artist who has offered not only terrific inspiration but enthusiastic support and practical painterly advice from which Monika has benefited. Julie is another accomplished pastel artist and teacher in whose classes the creative process flourishes. Monika gratefully acknowledges those willing to contribute to the artistic endeavors of our community.
Although inspired by the creative efforts of other local artisans who attend informal artist gatherings, Monika has found the challenges of running a business to present distractions that have been difficult to overcome. Nevertheless, Pat arranged to study with a well known local Wyoming artist, Jerry Antolik, who graciously welcomed a small group of students into his Hudson, Wyoming studio.
While finding time to devote to her new endeavor while also assisting with the daily task of running a thriving plumbing business, Monika's friends and family have expressed a pride in her body of work that has buoyed a sometimes flagging commitment, a natural result of having "too many irons in the fire". Monika wishes to express her gratitude for those who first recognized and encouraged her and especially for the ongoing enthusiasm and support of her husband, Jerry as they balance life's demands together.
One last thank you goes to Monika's daughter Mindy Upham, who designed this website.
Should you wish to purchase or view specific pieces offered here, please contact the artist.