New painting "Pink Cockatoo"

A lot of people ask me where I get my ideas from for my paintings. So there’s no one clear answer to that but I am very inspired by what nature has to offer especially animals. I also think my connection to other levels of consciousness plays a big part in where my ideas come from. This might be a foreign idea to many but I follow my instinct all the time, because there is so much intangible information around us on multiple levels that can inspire us. We just have to open our hearts and allow that information to penetrate our souls.

This one is called “Pink Cockatoo” 2018. Oil On canvas. 31" x 27" (80cm x 70cm) . Please contact me for availability. info@ilonacutts.com

Pink cockatoos are also on the most endangered animals list, believe it or not.

Pink Cockatoo is now hanging next to her brothers and sisters at SINKKA Contemporary Art Museum of Finland, in Kerava. Go feel her energy, she’ll speak to you if you listen carefully.

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This is my "Little Orphan"

This painting was inspired by the true story of the “Rhino Orphanage” in Limpopo, Africa. The Rhino Orphanage works to save and rehabilitate orphaned rhino calves injured or traumatized by rhino poaching. I think it’s so cool that they received their first rhino ambulance which is equipped with a trailer to carry injured rhino calves back to the orphanage where they receive 24-hour medical attention.

Lately I am so in love with rhinos. The little calves touch my heart. My other half asked me if his horn has been “cut off by poachers?”. I explained to him that no, he is still a “rhino baby”, he hasn’t grown his horn yet. Rhino calves are born without a horn. Their horn can be removed with an electric reciprocating saw (a painless operation when conducted professionally as the horns, like fingernails, are made of keratin and will grow back) on the orders of a man who wishes to sell rhino horns on the open market. Unfortunately “poachers” do not use this method.

I dedicate this painting to all those little rhino orphans in the world.

“The Orphan” 2018, Oil on Canvas, 17.7” x 15.7”. Contact for availability.

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My Opening tomorrow at Regina Gallery

Super stoked about my solo show at Regina Gallery tomorrow night. On show I have a “mini retro” (retrospective), as I’m including works that range from 2010 to 2018. I am new to the Atlanta art scene so I really wanted to have on show some older work too. On top of that I am also including 2 of my newest pieces, from my Endangered Animals Collection. I hope you can make it to Regina Gallery tomorrow from 5-9pm. Address is : 409 Mead Rd, unit 5, Oakhurst, Decatur. Don’t miss it!

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My work back from Washington DC show

It feels great to have my work back from my group show with Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram at our “Finnish Illusion" on Tour” exhibition in Washington D.C. Only thing is most of the paintings are off again to my next Solo Show which opens tomorrow at Regina Gallery. I simply had to hold onto at least one of them and hang it in my Studio! I miss my babies when they are gone…

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Name contest!

Enter the Name contest!

I'm thrilled to share this new painting I have just finished. She's the new addition to my "Most Endangered Species" collection...

She still doesn't have a name! Yikes! Can you help me name her?

I'm going to have a "name contest" here on my blog, my facebook or Instagram account. Best name wins a free Giclee print of her!

All you have to do is leave your name suggestion here in "comments" by this Sunday September 2nd by 11pm EST. I will choose the best 3 options and post them on the following Monday, then you all get to choose the best one of the three options. (Monday Sep 3rd - Wednesday 5th by 11pm EST).

Winner will be announced on Thursday September 6th in the morning!

The original painting is on sale now directly through me, if you like her please send me a message! Thanks

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New Hummingbird painting

I'm happy to share a new hummingbird painting that I have just finished. The "Colibri" or Humminbird is my very favorite of birds and we get to enjoy them right here in our back garden in the beautiful City of Atlanta. I present to you:

"A promise of a great tomorrow" 2018, Oil on canvas. 10" x 8" (25cm x 20cm)

For inquiries on this available piece, please contact me. Serious inquiries only.

 

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My work at the Contemporary Art Museum of Kerava in Finland!

I was so stoked to receive an invitation from the Contemporary Art Museum SINKKA of Kerava in Finland to exhibit 14 of my babies! It's an honor for an artist to be invited to exhibit in their Museum. The exhibition is called "Alice in Wonderland" and I am working on a new piece for the Show right now! Yay!

"Alice in Wonderland" / "Liisa Ihmemaassa"

Contemporary Art Museum of Kerava, Finland

25.8 - 11.11.2018

Keravan Contemporary Art Museum (Sinkka)
Kultasepänkatu 2
04250 Kerava

Welcome!

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"Green Colibri" found a home!

I'm pleased to announce that "Green Colibri" has found a home! Thank you Katrina from Texas for choosing her as your loved one! She has found a great home!

"Green Colibri" is the lst of my humming birds collection to be sold.

Colibri is Spanish for hummingbird. The hummingbird is indeed my favorite bird. It symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. They are Spirit animals

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The "Finnish Illusion" exhibition in Washington DC!

Katja Tukiainen, Maria Wolfram and myself had an incredible experience exhibiting at the beautiful Embassy of Finland in Washington DC. A special thank you to all the people at the Embassy for making our exhibition such a success!

 From left to right: Maria Wolfram, Katja Tukiainen, Ilona Cutts  Embassy of Finland, June 2018  "The Finnish Illusion" exhibition.

From left to right: Maria Wolfram, Katja Tukiainen, Ilona Cutts

Embassy of Finland, June 2018

"The Finnish Illusion" exhibition.

View from my wall of Love

I call this my "wall of Love". Every home needs Love, hope and a Guardian Angel. Our favorite Guardian Angel is Michael. This small painting I made for my husband's birthday and he loves it. In the center is "Fruit of Love", and little "Iguana Girl" is on top inside a Mexican heart. On the right is Jesus, he was not painted by me,  but I just love that picture and frame. It's my circle of Love, in our bedroom.

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Painting for BELA International Contemporary Art Biennale

I was super thrilled to be invited to participate in the upcoming International Art Biennale BELA 2018, which this year happens to be exhibiting in Finland. AVA Gallery from Helsinki has decided to feature my work and so I got working right away on two new pieces for it. This is a little sneek peak of what will be on show. I'm very excited!

 My new piece I am working on right now. This is such an inspiring subject, I can't wait to share it with you!

My new piece I am working on right now. This is such an inspiring subject, I can't wait to share it with you!

"Learning how to fly" finds her new home!

I just received this lovely photo from Laurie in California, I just had to share with you. It's so much fun to see a photo of my "baby" and see how she looks in real life, in her new home. "Learning how to fly" was bought from my "The Finnish Illusion" exhibition at Spruill Gallery in Atlanta. Thank you Laurie for sharing your photo with us!

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The making of the Finnish Illusion 2018

About a year ago I had an idea that I wanted to do a group exhibition with my artist colleagues from Finland. I had a vision that it would be a small group of women artists who share the same pop cultural artistic vision as I do. I was so happy when I found two wonderful artists from Finland who wanted to go on the venture with me.

Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram, are both from Helsinki and with a Master's in Fine Arts Degree. They both have amazing work, they are hard working gals with a positive attitude. I knew I had found the right group! I was even more thrilled when our exhibition proposal was accepted by Spruill Art Gallery, a beautiful exhibition space located in an incredible, historic 1867-1905 home made into an Art Gallery on Asford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta.

So now for several months we have all been working on the new work we will be exhibiting. Our exhibition opens to the public on February 15th. One week prior to the opening Katja, Maria and I will begin working on a mural/installation in the gallery space. We are thrilled to be working together on this project!

Getting ready for my up coming group Show

I'm super excited about my up coming Show with Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. "The Finnish Ilusion" at Spruill Gallery in Atlanta.

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 Spruill Gallery space inside.

Spruill Gallery space inside.

 Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA. USA

Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA. USA

 "Spirit Hunter" bought by Oulu Museum of Contemporary Art  We are happy to tell you that "Spirit Hunter" 2016, was bought into the Art Collection of Oulu's Museum of Contemporary Art. This painting was on view at Ilona's "The Crossing Over" at Katariina Gallery, Helsinki. Finland in May of 2016.  A warm greeting to OUKA! Thank you for taking good care of her!  Ilonan maalaus "Spirit Hunter" on löytänyt kodin Oulun Taidemuseon kokoelmasta. Kiitos Oulun Taidemuseolle! Taulu oli esillä Ilonan näyttelyssä "Rajan toisella puolella" 2016, Katariina Galleriassa.

"Spirit Hunter" bought by Oulu Museum of Contemporary Art

We are happy to tell you that "Spirit Hunter" 2016, was bought into the Art Collection of Oulu's Museum of Contemporary Art. This painting was on view at Ilona's "The Crossing Over" at Katariina Gallery, Helsinki. Finland in May of 2016.

A warm greeting to OUKA! Thank you for taking good care of her!

Ilonan maalaus "Spirit Hunter" on löytänyt kodin Oulun Taidemuseon kokoelmasta. Kiitos Oulun Taidemuseolle! Taulu oli esillä Ilonan näyttelyssä "Rajan toisella puolella" 2016, Katariina Galleriassa.

 "Spirit Healer" 10" x 8" (25cm x 20cm). Oil on canvas  Sold / myyty  "Spirit Healer" is one of Ilona's newest works, inspired by the life of Anna Maria Mård b. 1859 Piippola, Finland - d. 1927 Kiuruvesi, Finland) , Finnish "healer of people" (Spirit healer).  "Sielun parantaja" on yksi Ilonan uusimmista teoksista. Maalaus on saanut inspiraation Suomalaisesta Kansanparantajasta, Anna Maria Mård s. 1859 Piippola, Finland - k. 1927 Kiuruvesi, Finland.

"Spirit Healer" 10" x 8" (25cm x 20cm). Oil on canvas

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"Spirit Healer" is one of Ilona's newest works, inspired by the life of Anna Maria Mård b. 1859 Piippola, Finland - d. 1927 Kiuruvesi, Finland) , Finnish "healer of people" (Spirit healer).

"Sielun parantaja" on yksi Ilonan uusimmista teoksista. Maalaus on saanut inspiraation Suomalaisesta Kansanparantajasta, Anna Maria Mård s. 1859 Piippola, Finland - k. 1927 Kiuruvesi, Finland.