Monique Cagle lives in the hills of Brown
County, Indiana, where she grew up. She finds never-ending
inspiration for her art in her surroundings and her canvases
fill with views of the fields, nearby Yellowwood Lake and old
farm buildings. An animal lover to the core, her portfolio
includes paintings of cats, dogs, even chickens. She accepts
commissions for animal portraits, with a portion of those sales
donated to the Brown County Humane Society.
Mostly self-taught, Monique gives a lot of credit for her artistic talent to her mother, who encouraged her children to be creative in a variety of ways and raised them in a television-free household. Monique’s art focused mainly on drawing, illustration and decorative painting until 2000, when her mother died. Painting then became both a therapy for grief and a celebration of the talent that was a gift from her mother.
Monique paints mostly with acrylics, though she dabbles a bit with water-mixable oils. She continues to draw, sketch and do decorative art. Her house has become her canvas too—floors, doors, walls, stairs and countertops have all been touched by her brush.
She has admiration for and finds inspiration in a wide range of artists, from Claude Monet to Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth to Marc Chagal, not to mention a parade of children’s books illustrators. A few of these include Maurice Sendak, Tove Jansson, Walter Crane and Edmund Dulac. Monique’s paintings result from a lifetime of exposure to a variety of art and literature, fusing color and light and occasionally a twist of whimsy.
Monique maintains memberships in the Art Alliance of Brown County, the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association, Indiana Heritage Arts, The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and the Hoosier Salon.
She has won various local awards, including the 2007 Hoosier Salon “Best Work, First-Time Exhibitor, any Medium,” award, three first prizes in the acrylics division at the T.C. Steele State Historical Site Paint Out and a merit award in 2005 from the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
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Art Alliance Brown County
Brown County Art Gallery Association
Brown County Art Guild Patron Association
Indiana Heritage Arts
Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA)