The artist known by the moniker “Buttafly” takes paint to paper to show the world that there is vibrant beauty and color in everything—even everyday things like cows, lollipops, and candles. Her more abstract pieces are intent on sending a message: furthering the LGBT movement, promoting world peace, and encouraging us to love one another.
In this interview, the rainbow queen shares with us where she gets her color inspiration, and how she got her name:
How would you describe your art, in two words or less?
I’d describe my artwork as vibrant and thought-provoking.
Your work is super colorful. Where do you get inspiration for this palette?
I grew up in 6 different countries, and I’ve visited 24 countries so far. I try to pack experiences I’ve made and my thoughts into extreme colors concerning our world.
Do you have any formal training, or are you self-taught?
I’ve been drawing since I was small and always enjoyed it! My dad was my best teacher. He is very talented when it comes to creating something beautiful with just a piece of paper and a pen or pencil! As a little kid, it was always my aim to become just as good.
What’s your typical process for a painting, from start to finish?
I don’t think I have a typical process for a painting! Sometimes I think I know how the painting will look when it’s finished, but it ends up completely different. That’s actually part of what makes it exciting for me to continue painting.
You seem to have a special connection with butterflies. Would you tell us about it?
Buttafly comes from my name Vanessa, which is a Butterfly. There is a theory which states that the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas. In this case, I’m the butterfly, my wings are my paintings, and the tornado is the message transported through my artwork.
You can see more of Buttafly’s work, and even find a piece to call your own in her Etsy shop. For more color inspiration, check out:
- Colorful ruins of the American West
- Crazy, colorful latte art
- Colorful mandalas that will blow you away