WOMEN & CREATIVITY highlights a local artist on our Featured Events calendar each year. We are grateful to Jodie Herrera for allowing us to use her gorgeous work in 2017.

Jodie Herrera is a visual artist and curator from Taos, New Mexico. She is an experienced illustrator, muralist and mixed media artist, and works predominantly as an oil painter.

Though she has been an artist (illustration and mixed media) all of her life, she didn’t start formally painting until 2011. Jodie’s complete career in painting has been an homage to the female experience. Her paintings are semi-photorealistic figurative works, which illustrate her female subjects’ personal stories of hardship and transformation. Her work strives to celebrate the raw beauty and resilience of women from all walks of life.

Her curating experience began as early as a teenager, starting off by assisting in the organization of art events. Presently Herrera has a credible amount of curatorial experience in both fine art galleries and grassroots environments. Herrera is passionate about the blossoming of the New Mexico’s art scene and works to help it develop and thrive.

Herrera received her BFA with honors from the University of New Mexico in 2013, with a focus in oil painting. She currently resides in Albuquerque where she works as a professional artist, co-curator for The Pop-Up Collective and freelance curator/curatorial consultant. The Pop-Up Collective utilizes Albuquerque’s vacant and unique spaces to host exceptional one night only Pop-Up art exhibitions.

Herrera’s art has been featured in such settings as The Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz, The Albuquerque Art and History Museum, 516 Gallery, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, among many others.

Jodie Herrera, Natalee, Oil on Wood, 2016