Quest Skinner is always striving to find new ways to make her artwork break away the emotional blockade between artists and buyers. As mixed-media artist, teacher, community activist currently residing in Washington, D.C., she is influenced by the energy of cityscapes, music and the personalities she encounters everyday. Then in her studio she brings them into her world; a world that takes raw feelings, vibrations and various moments in our lives then captures them with flowing pigments. Quest’s artwork tells a story that changes with every person who sees her work.
Working with different traditional and non traditional mediums, her fluid and always interchanging style of work keeps patrons coming back to explore the world through Quest’s eyes.
Growing up in a household of artists, I observed my father and brother craft their styles in photography and graphic design. Despite this, I did not actively pursue my own art until 1998. I started as a body painter for various event venues and transformed human bodies into moving objects. From that moment I found my voice through paint and color.
As light is made up of a diverse spectrum of vibrant color, so to is my work, both in the colors that dance on my paintings as well as the materials I use to make light itself dance with my work. And although there are an endless number of hues and shades, when combined they all shine from the same light. My work attempts to create a reflection of my own illuminate soul, as I see that same light in the people and world around me.
Thirteen years later, she has become an influential part of D.C.’s art community. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Current TV, and numerous national websites and blogs. While she has gained notoriety through her work, she maintains her desire to make original art available to everyone by selling her artwork in various public venues, including Eastern Market. In addition, she continues to share her experiences with others by teaching and mentoring students, and being active in several community based art projects, including being a part of Edgewood Mural project, one of the largest outdoor murals in Washington D.C.
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Quest was the recipient of Artspace’s Steve Kramer Award for Community Service in 2014