Austin Gems: Artists We Love

 Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

When it comes to the skilled #bossbabes in Austin, we've got a long list of women we'd love to collaborate with, women we'd love to feature and women we can't wait to hang with.

Our girl crushes are intense and rightfully so. We're starting a series called "Austin Gems," which is a chance for us to touch on some of the babes we've found inspiring over the last couple of months (don't worry, "One of the Babes," our weekly Q&As, will also continue). Keep in mind that this list is not exclusive; we plan to feature more of our local jewels as time goes on.

In this iteration of "Austin Gems," we've put together a list of some of our favorite artists. We hope they encourage you to keep creating, the same way they've motivated us to throw two cares to the wind and hone our crafts with shameless abandon.

First up, KATY HIRSCHFELD.

 Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

 Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

 Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

Art by Katy Hirschfeld via collage-garage.com

Our team first came across this artist because our founder J helps run an art blog for the media collective Raw Paw, called PLOG. Hirschfeld had submitted some of her collages for a feature, and we fell for the harsh femininity of her designs. You can check out more of Hirschfeld's work at collage-garage.com or via her Instagram, @katyilana.

Next, LAURA LEWIS.

 Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

 Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

 Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

Art by Laura Lewis via lorhs.tumblr.com

Lewis submitted to be featured in our September gallery a couple of weeks back, and we were completely captivated by the playful self-portraits on her Tumblr. If you'd like to see more of her illustrations, visit her website lorhs.tumblr.com, or check her out on Instagram, @lorhsdraws. (Also, spoiler alert, she's taking over @thebabegang for four days tomorrow.)

Next, VIRGINIA BETH BROWN.

 Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

 Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

 Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

Art by Virginia Beth Brown via novusflorae.tumblr.com

Brown submitted her work to us via email, too. We love the vivid colors in her photography, as well as her manipulation of the mundane for composition. You can look at more of Brown's shots at novusflorae.tumblr.com, or peep her Instagram, @novusflorae.

Next, ROSHI K.

 Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

 Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

 Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

Art by Roshi K. via bumperactive.com

Roshi's art stopped us on the street about three years ago, a small slap sticker pasted to the side of Urban Outfitter's entrance on Guadalupe St. Since then, we've seen her art all over the City. Roshi is an illustrator, painter and street artist. Get a feel for her work at colormeroshi.com, or head over to her Instagram, @roshi_k.

Last but not least, FAITH CHONKO.

 Art by Faith Chonko

Art by Faith Chonko

 Art by Faith Chonko

Art by Faith Chonko

 Art by Faith Chonko

Art by Faith Chonko

Chonko is also a collage artist based in Austin, TX. She submitted her work to us via email a few weeks back, too, and we fell hard for the crisp and clean ambiance portrayed in her pieces. Can't wait to get some of these prints for our future office space! For more of Chonko's art, visit her Instagram, @faithchonko.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next round of "Austin Gems." (We're not done with babe artists, either.)

If you'd like to be considered, please email thebabes@bossbabes.org with the subject title "AUSTIN GEM."