ABOUT COUNSEL K. LANGLEY

  • I have been creating and actively exhibiting mixed media artworks since earning my BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston in 1999. That work is driven by underlying stories (mostly scifi). Now as an illustrator I am exploring story from another direction, with a particular interest in folktale, middle grade, and YA.  I live with my three children and husband in Anchorage, Alaska. The diversity of the people who live here and the stunning natural beauty of Alaska are major influences on my work. I grew up on the water, around maritime trades, art, and music. I adore books, coffee, big nature, big weather, and light on the water.

    Online illustration portfolio: www.cklangley.com

    My mixed media work: www.counsellangley.com

    Living my whole life right now: instragram.com/counsellangley

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I gravitate to the darker sides of childhood, spookiness, folktales, and complex emotions–exploring the good and bad, the cozy and brutal. And often my heros are children with little means who struggle and shine. The diversity of the city where I live and the stunning natural beauty of Alaska are major influences on my work. I have always been an unruly explorer of materials–traditional materials, the simple pencil, mixed media collage, digital forms–and am always using materials in combination and adding more. I love to find out how some new material changes mood, affects the work, and feels in my hand.