To those who donít know, I suppose introductions are in order.
My name is Louis Monnich. I am a 33 year-old painter/illustrator from Houston, TX who has come back from an almost decade-long artistís block with an absolute vengeance!
As for my background, my total being has been ingrained in Art and Music for as long as I can remember. For a while there, you almost never saw me without a piece of paper and a pencil in my hands doodling away at anything that came to mind. So, itís no surprise that through minimal encouragement, I decided to expand my horizons at The Art Institute of Houston (donít do this, by the way!). After graduation, I immediately got a job as a graphic designer, which was pretty much the start of my ever-deteriorating mental stability and the aforementioned artistís block.
(cue the harps) 7 years, one marriage, one mountain of debt, and various jobs laterÖ.
A light shone in the void I had created in the world: my AWESOME wife, Jenniffer (not a misspelling, I promise). With her support and encouragement, I picked the pencil and the brush back up, headed back to school, this time a proper one (U of H), and had enrolled in the School of Fine Arts. So, with the help of Jenniffer and my awesome son, Sebastian, the right side of the brain came out of hibernation and is now working nonstop!
Nowadays, I'm out of school, working 40-hour weeks and painting on the side.
Main inspirations include: Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, Michaelangelo, Piero della Francesca (just to name a few).
Thank you so much for visiting, and don't forget to let me know what you think!