Beautiful found vintage objects and paper inspire artist Courtney Prahl to create her whimsical mixed media and collage collections. "Color plays a huge part in my work. I often lay a base foundation of vintage papers as the background and overlay colored tissue to distress or add color and depth."
With nature as her inspiration, much of Courtney's work focuses on the world outside. "I use a lot of images of trees, birds and organic elements in my collections."
Believing that art should be attainable to all, she teaches art to children at the local shelter and contributes art to local charities. "I also work with children with autism and special needs in the school system. They are a constant inspiration for me. They remind me every day that it is the small hills we climb, not the mountains we move, that make the difference."
Courtney studied art at both Marymount University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Today you can find her working from her home studio in Maryland where the walls are covered with her own children's art. "I often work with them tossing a ball overhead or buzzing around. A great soundtrack for my creative life."