For our next artist spotlight we are thrilled to introduce BreyerFest fans to Meredith Warren of Chat Noir Art Studios.
Born and raised in Southern California, Meredith has always loved horses, the arts, and being creative. As a child, she recalls spending her time involved with painting and other craft projects, and as she got older, she forayed into painting ceramics and showing them at the semi-annual Anaheim Doll and Ceramic Show when she was in high school. During this period in the mid-90s, the Northridge Earthquake struck and destroyed her collection of ceramic horses, so she dedicated herself that summer to repairing and repainting all the broken models and credits this event with really kick-starting her passion for painting models and teaching her an extraordinary amount about repairs and painting.
Though this is Meredith’s first year selling as a part of the BreyerFest Artisans’ Gallery, she first heard of BreyerFest while growing up and it had been a dream of hers over the years to attend. She finally got the chance in 2017 and then again in 2019, and can’t wait to go back!
Despite being out of the hobby for a few years as an adult, she is so inspired by all the amazing artists out there. Between the new artist resin models that are available in every scale and medallions and even 3-D printed micro-minis, she says, “Someone is constantly releasing something new and wonderful and I want to paint them all!”
Meredith has been obsessed with horses for as long as she can remember and as a child all she wanted to do was ride and jump horses. She got her first Breyer model at the age of 4, a moment she remembers clear as a bell, and began collecting and showing around age 10. She still shows her models, and has also added model horse judge to the many hats she wears in the hobby.
Meredith’s love of horses manifests itself in her art each time she picks up a paintbrush. She is constantly researching breeds, color genetics, conformation, and more to learn as much as she can about every breed to ensure that her art imitates life.
Meredith’s work can be found here in Chat Noir Studios, and she is so excited to be sharing her finish work with BreyerFest guests this summer. For BreyerFest, she will be showcasing a variety of scales of models, plus medallions and even micro minis! She is thrilled to be a part of this summer’s Artisans’ Gallery sharing her work with fellow horse girls.
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