Welcome to the world of Coralette Damme, aka The Crafty Hag.
Coralette Damme is an artist with Midwestern roots, currently located in St.
Petersburg, FL. Coralette has a degree in Fine Art from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. She has consistently pursued her passions and follows
where they lead. SCUBA diving brought her to Florida in 2000 and you'll find a
strong aquatic influence in her images. Coralette has worked in several media
over time from non-traditional stained glass to a recent 3D art installation, but
her favorite continues to be block printing with its bold contrasts and strong
Coralette was raised celebrating each holiday on the calendar and continues to
be influenced by the varied seasonal occasions. Her most favorite holiday
being Halloween you'll notice a slightly spooky slant to her work. She's no
stranger to the dark side, and imbues it with whimsy, humor and good-natured
Coralette works in a variety of media, from acrylic paints to linocuts. Artistically
her affinities lie with the German Expressionist movement combined with a
touch of Dada. She draws inspiration from cultural legends, nostalgia, and the
natural world and is no stranger to exploring life's energies, everything from
animal totemic forms full of power and mystery to her own artistic process.
Coralette believes in the old fashioned methods of pencil on paper and brings
new life and hands on approaches to different creative techniques. She
doesn't think you need the latest gadget to be creative and prints her linocut
artwork the old fashioned way, by hand, without a printing press. Her screen
prints are similarly hand printed. When she says original art work you better
believe she means it.
"I work in a spur of the moment/what is inspiring me right now method. I am
fortunate to have a variety of media to use in my efforts to create and express
my mood. My creations tend to be based in reality and are figurative for the
most part -- you can usually spot the source of my inspiration right away. I
infuse bold contrasts, heavy outlines, strong colors, and a sense of humor in my
work. I draw equally from nature, myths, holidays, and daily life as starting
points for my imagery. My work tends to leave people smiling, or at least
Thanks to Trevor Burnett for making this short video documentary about my art and creative process!