Hollie Chantiles is the proud owner of BEEstung, a fine art and Illustration Studio that started out as a real honest-to-goodness bricks and mortar store in 2005. Years later, it moved with her to her new home, and exists as a working studio space for her, and occasionally a good friend. She is perfectly happy with this arrangement (except that she often wishes there were windows in her studio).
A 1998 graduate of Maryland institute, College of Art (where she majored in photography for 2 years and then switched to general fine arts with a concentration on drawing and anthropology), she has worked in many fields, from Medical Illustration to Landscaping…with a few more unusual ones thrown in. Her one constant is her art.
Now (working full time at a local flower shop to pay the bills) her focus for 2012 as an unpublished/unlicensed artist is to accomplish just that. Hollie just finished self-publishing her first book, “ Finding Sweet Home: an Artist’s Interactive Journal to Inspiration”, with some help from Kickstarter and some generous friends and strangers, as well as receiving the AMAZING honor of having her design picked by John Fluevog to make her shoe for his Open Source Footwear collection (http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w%5B0%5D=search%3Ahollie&pp=1&view=detail&p=1&colourID=3240).
Right now, she spends most of her time sketching away at new ideas for a line of paper products and stationary, while selling her terrariums, paintings, prints and handmade greeting cards at her Mom’s shop, Frog and BEE. When she isn’t painting of making her terrariums, she can almost always be found in the backyard or the woods, hands in the dirt, because that is where she feels most inspired and at home.