Skylar Guest was born in Canandaigua, New York. She attended Finger Lakes Community College, completing her Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts. Guest is a 2021 graduate of the Bachelors of Fine Arts Program, concentrating on painting.
Her primary medium is traditional oil, and her interests lie in figure painting and portraiture. The series she is working on now is painting modern models while referencing Renaissance art. She received the Grant Arnold Award and has been shown in the 2020 Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition .
Her future plans include attending SUNY Oswego for a Master’s in Art Education and enjoy a lifelong career as an art teacher.
My work revolves almost exclusively around the human figure. I explore the body as a whole as well as portraits. My main medium is traditional oil paint, exploring traditional techniques. Using this material started with painting still lifes, as most artists begin. I treat the figures I paint as still lifes, painting just what I see and not what I would like to see. I use posed models and photography to assist the process.
My interest in figures and portraits come from the old masters in the Renaissance period. Classic representations of biblical characters have most of my attention, as well as commissioned portraits created for those with status. Contemporary artist Haley Hasler also has been an inspiration.
I plan on continuing this path of traditional painting and exploring more of the techniques of the old masters. To me, this style of Art is important to learn in order to branch off and create different styles of work. You have to learn the rules to break them.