Mercedes Joy Knapp is a visual artist from Michigan. She creates anything from whimsical colored pencil drawings, to oil paintings, to high-vibration gemstone jewelry, to sculptures. As a meditation on the beauty of the Earth, and the spirit that moves through everything inhabiting it, her work creates a magnificent celebration from every buoyant hue and springing line. While working towards her BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Knapp found her love for color and interconnection that she depicts in her work translated into various music events around the Twin Cities. This inspired me to take my natural state of creation and contemplation into the public realm. I now enjoy expressing myself at these events through the visual medium, hoping to inspire others to see the festivity in all parts of life. Her work depicts inner life, fueled by imagination, emotions, and an unending curiosity about how “alive” we can really be. The delicate, whimsical scenarios in her pictures discover what seems to be otherworldly and bring glimpses of it to this reality; they are a celebration of the imagination and soul.