Adrienne Gelardi started life as a doodler and appreciator of bright colors, fuzzy animals, and cartoons. She grew up being influenced by her Michigan surroundings and spent time visiting art fairs and seeing shows in vibrant Southeastern Michigan cities like Plymouth, Ann Arbor and Detroit. In addition to art, Adrienne developed quite an appreciation for stand up comedy and horror movies in her formative years. Being very inspired by comedy, animation, and art it was a natural fit for her to pursue Traditional Animation at Columbia College Chicago. As it turns out, Traditional Animation is not the most lucrative career decision. Who knew? Adrienne had a few animation gigs after graduating, but ultimately felt like she was a more skilled illustrator and designer. Armed with her Bachelor of Arts she set off to pay back those student loans. Determined to be able to support herself doing something creative, she started doing Graphic Design professionally. She has designed everything from car wraps and decals for small businesses to cups and food service products for SOLO® Cup Company. She is currently working as a Production Artist and Designer specializing in Print Pre-press. It is at Adrienne’s current job where a co-worker let her borrow his Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolor paints. Previously Adrienne had a distaste for watercolors as she generally gravitated towards bright obnoxious colors in her illustrations and animation (and hair and make-up). She was so inspired by the vivid liquid watercolors that she picked up painting as a new focus in her life almost immediately. While having a full time career does help Adrienne support her other creative endeavors she has set her sights high above corporate servitude. She believes life should be lived passionately, and to her that means pursuing a career as a full time painter and illustrator of her own works (and well, it also means snuggling a lot of cats and drinking a lot of Michigan Craft Beer with friends and family). Adrienne is truly inspired by a broad range of artists and styles. She has personally been creating original works featuring subject matter ranging from foodie pop art and cute animals to darker art including provocative themes and evil creatures. She describes her art as a ridiculous mixture of Lisa Frank and H.R. Giger. Always an appreciator of adorable animals, Adrienne has also done many commissioned pet portraits. She donates 10% of her profits from pet portraits and other animal related artwork to the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, Michigan (where she got her newest feline friend). She currently resides in East Lansing, Michigan with her two fur children Woozum and Marzipan.
Adrienne's ArtPrize Entries
These are Adrienne's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Adrienne's Past Work
These are images of past work that Adrienne has done.