At the age of 23, Camille Engel opened her own graphic design firm in Tulsa. Years later, she moved to Nashville where she met her husband, Todd Engel and established a new graphic design firm, Engel Creative, specializing in logo design, advertising materials and packaging for clients such as Random House, fruit of the Loom, MCA, RCA, and Warner/Curb.
In 2000, heeding advice to “Pursue the dream that burns inside you,” Engel began oil painting, intuitively in a realistic style. An acute observer of the beauty that most of us overlook, Engel is amazed and fascinated with color and texture, seeking to capture the richness of life. These oil paintings invite us to momentarily step into her work of the observation and share in her joy of the transcendent beauty all around us.
What inspires Engel the most is not a singular cultural message, nor even the master painters she admires, but rather her core beliefs. “For me,” Engel explains, ” every morning is a fresh opportunity to find extraordinary joy in the most ordinary things. My art overflows out of that joy.” Engel revels in the painstaking details. Her expertise is in the creating of intrinsic texture, depth and color that evoke emotion and draw a reaction from viewers. “If the viewer is not moved, then I am not finished,” Engel remarks.