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Discover Magical Holiday Moments With These Christmas Art Series By 5 Contemporary Women Artists


As the holiday season is upon us, we are all in search of ways to bring a bit of joy and wonder into our lives. This can be a challenge, especially when the stressful demands of the season become overwhelming. One way to bring some holiday cheer into your life is through art; it has the power to evoke feelings, and what better feeling than that of Christmas?

In this week’s Arts to Hearts Project feature article, I’m excited to introduce you to an amazing Christmas Art Series by 5 women artists that will help you get in the holiday spirit.

So, let’s take some time to appreciate these five inspiring contemporary women artists who are creating beautiful art pieces about the joys of the holiday season. These artists use a combination of mediums to create beautiful and unique art pieces. We hope you enjoy learning more about these talented women and their work.

So keep on reading to learn about it all.

Sara Glupker (@saraglupker)

Sara spent her formative years exploring different creative paths, such as sewing, crafting, baking, and writing. As a child, she dove into any creative project she could find. Sara continued to follow these passions, and in 2005, graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. After graduation, Sara began her career by curating, exhibiting, teaching, and selling her art. She spent several years working from the Park Trades Center but began to work from her home studio in 2012. Sara’s preferred medium is acrylic, but she loves to paint with oils and use a variety of other mediums.

Over the past 16 years, Sara has exhibited her artwork in numerous shows both regionally and nationally and has won awards in juried competitions such as First Place in the 2022 Regional Juried Arts Competition at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers Michigan (January 2022), selected as a Top 20 Finalist for the First Bloems Art Competition/ Holland Michigan’s 2022 Tulip Time Festival, “Best Painting” at The Box Factory for the Arts Annual Juried Competition in both 2007 and 2011.

Her paintings reside in private and corporate collections, which include Bronson Methodist Hospital and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Her paintings can also be found on wine labels at the Tempo Vino Winery in Kalamazoo.

Anna Laura González (@annaquarelles)

My name is Anna Laura González, also known as Annaquarelles, and I’m a freelance watercolor illustrator based in Mexico. I specialize in food, drink, and botanical illustration.

​I describe my style as realistic, colorful, and texture oriented. My clients have been in the fields of food packaging, commercial illustration, and art education.

​I’m currently looking for licensing and freelancing opportunities with companies of all sizes, specifically interested in editorial, packaging, and advertising illustration.

​When I’m not doing watercolor illustrations, I enjoy urban sketching and journaling, where I mix different art mediums, such as ink pens, colored pencils, and gouache.

Kelsey (@kelseymillerstudios)

My name is Kelsey. I started painting when I was in fourth grade. There was a jewel of a woman in our town who opened up her home studio to elementary students and she taught art classes. As time progressed she moved me from the kid’s class to the adult class. I painted every Tuesday and Thursday from 4th -12th grade in this woman’s home. I attended art school at a small university in West Texas and graduated with an art degree. When I moved to Houston I applied for hundreds upon hundreds of art-related jobs. None of those doors
opened and I eventually gave away all of my art supplies and threw in the towel.

My grandfather recommended that I pursue a career in teaching. I ended up teaching 4th grade for 11 years and then moved into the role of a Reading Specialist. I’m currently in year two of a four-year licensing program. I’ve found that my current role is incredibly rewarding and I’m glad the other doors closed when they did because that led me to where I am today.

In 2020 1 decided to pick up my paintbrush when I realized I would be staying home during the isolation period of the pandemic. I participated in a 30-day painting challenge and I found a new love and appreciation for art that had not been in my heart in the past. During 2020 and 2021, I saw so many traumatic events happening and l just wanted to blast out beautifully colorful images to bring a bit of cheer during a dark time.

I started to realize at the beginning of 2022 that the need for art, color, and happiness was never going to go
away and I’ve just kept on painting a little each day! It’s become a part of my daily routine! I’ve also met the most incredible friends because of this process.

Maria Raczynska (@maria_morjane)

Maria Raczynska is a professional watercolor artist and online instructor. Her career as a watercolor artist began in 2016 when she created her YouTube channel. At first, it was just a hobby posting occasional watercolor tutorials but once the audience grew from 100-1000 subscribers in her second month, she decided to get serious about becoming an instructor, and that’s when watercolors became her career. 

Today her YouTube channel has over 370,000 subscribers (over 42 million views), and her Instagram has over 50K followers. Combining all social media platforms she has half a million followers. Maria has sold over 15,000 classes and subscriptions.

​While Maria never had intentions to become an artist like her mother after her YouTube channel took off she’s been using her mother’s advice and quotes in many of her teachings: “There’s no true white in nature”. “Natural black can only be created by mixing other colors”. “Talent is only 20%, 80% is hard work!”.

Maria has created her own lines of watercolor brushes. “Golden 1” and “Golden 2” are designed by one of the best manufacturers of brushes in England. In 2021, Maria started working with Da Vinci Artists’ brushes in Germany. Together, they have developed a new line called “Songbird”. “Songbird” is exclusively sold through Maria’s online stores.

Maria has been a featured artist in  “Watercolor Magazine”, “ArtAscent”, “Voyage LA Magazine” and “ArteMisia Magazine”.  Based in Orange County, CA she draws her inspiration from the ocean and nearby mountain trails. She is a wife and a mother to a 3-year-old daughter, Allie.

Bogardd (@bogardd_)

I’m Bogardd, Korean illustrator and designer based in Prague, Czech Republic.

I illustrate mostly with traditional materials like colored pencils, and watercolor, and lately, I’m expanding to digital drawing too. On my work page, you will find the Artwork I’ve illustrated so far and currently I’m working on my first book.

You can follow me on Instagram to see my inspiration and work-in-progress artwork.

So this is the work of our featured artists. And if you want more creative inspiration, read our article, The Top 50 Creative Inspiration Websites For Artists, here.

And we are excited to tell you that we are launching some new products in our shop that are essential for every artist. So if you want to look at them, please visit our shop, and we will be happy to get feedback from you all. Until then, keep creating the magic you do. Have a happy weekend Good Bye.

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