Khrysso Heart and Grey Forge are the principal artists and your hosts here at The Artists LeFey. They're a couple who met in 2016 and inevitably fell into love, mutual admiration, and a working marriage. They each bring a slew of creative experiences and abilities to the partnership, along with decades of accrued business acumen. The results are a company named Curmudgeon and Codger, Ltd. which you will see as the billing entity of this online gallery, The Artists LeFey. Their profiles are linked below, and please search for their names to see complete collections of each artist's work available here online. They're so happy to have you get to know them!
Khrysso Heart LeFey is a visual artist, folk musician, wordsmith, liturgist, and consultant living in Canton, Ohio, USA, which happens to be his birthplace, though he has lived all over the United States. He has written for news and feature periodicals, technical publishers, and marketing services, and he still does a bit of editing from time to time.
He is a self-taught artist, having become interested in collage and collecting paper in the 1990s when he was working full time as a gay-rights activist. With a degree in Linguistics from Ohio State and lots of experience with words and letters, in recent years he began to explore the notion of written figures as pure form, divorced from any meaning that the letters and numbers might symbolize, and that way of looking at writing continues to fascinate him. He tends to pursue those explorations in his paper-collage work. He also developed a technique he calls “digitized collage,” scanning and manipulating images electronically. Although nearly all of his art is nonrepresentational—that is, not depicting anything—with a master's degree in Theological Studies he feels certain that his spiritual interests influence all of his life as a visual artist.
Khrysso has amblyopia and astigmatism, two eye conditions that affect the way he perceives spatial relationships, and what his optometrist calls a “slight color deficiency.” Doubtless as a result of these conditions, he tends to prefer colors, patterns, and textures that are bold and intense. For many years he saw these conditions as handicaps to his life as an artist, but with time he has concluded that all artists see the world in different ways, and, for him, being an artist is all about how he looks at the world: it calls upon him to look, and to look again, and to look again. Although he likes his output—he wouldn't make it publicly available if he didn't—for him, the work is in the looking. The pleasing output is, in a sense, incidental to the process.
He takes much inspiration from artists in other media involving piecework: stained glass, quilting, and mosaic.
Grey Forge LeFey is the artist formerly known as Doug Tennant. He started life with the singular desire to draw comic books and loves storytelling and visual expressions of stories in particular. The fanciful worlds of super heroes and fairy tales continue to provide a rich source of inspiration in his work.
Grey earned a degree in Visual Communications at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and took advanced classes for digital art professionals at Kent State University. He worked in the corporate world of advertising and graphic design for over twenty years, becoming a digital art expert and print technology specialist. In 2015 he hung up his corporate hat to go to work in his own studio, revisiting the mediums of actual for-real paint and getting his hands dirty again. He still loves to make digital art magic as well, having been with PhotoShop since version 2.0 (like in 1991: Photoshop 2.0, not CS2.0!), and often takes work begun on a canvas into the computer for the best of both worlds.
Grey has numerous other creative outlets as well: he's been a singer, actor, and guitarist as long as he can remember. He has performed in community theatre since he was in his teens, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of his own theatre company, Gilda Shedstecker Presents! He is a writer and playwright, and please! Join his blog at GrandBohemia.com.