The July artist playlist is here! Each month we’re asking one music-loving artist to create a custom playlist of their favorite songs. This month, painter Cortney Herron put together a playlist that you’re sure to have on repeat — it’s equal parts eclectic, powerful, and mood-boosting. Go ahead, give it a listen, and check out our chat below!

Introduce yourself and your work! 

Hey! I’m Cortney Herron and I’m a Los Angeles-based artist with a passion for muted colors, abstract shapes, and channeling the Black female perspective through portraiture.

Could you tell us about the playlist you put together?

My playlist is pretty eclectic, just like me. And my music is almost always on shuffle, so I’ll rarely listen to an entire album by a single artist all the way through. I take pride in not overthinking a final piece when I’m creating, allowing for the process to remain exciting and spontaneous. That’s why it feels only natural for this playlist to be just as spontaneous.

What song or artist do you have on repeat recently? 

I feel like I’m always gravitating towards Banks. Her music is a total vibe as she always seems to go deep into the female perspective. That always speaks to me and is often translated in my art. I’m inspired by people, culture, and things that make me laugh, so my work reflects the rawness of daily life in both a serious and playful way. So the emotional response I have from listening to her music feels familiar to what I create.

If your art were a music genre, what would it be? 

It would definitely be alternative-R&B emo pop…haha, is that a thing?

How do you describe your musical taste?

Self-described as forever evolving and eclectic, my taste in music also follows suit. I’ve always been into a wide variety of music which is usually determined by my mood at the time.

What part does music play in your creative process?

Music is absolutely necessary to my creative process and I honestly can’t work without it! I’m big on leaning into my mood and the emotions I’m feeling at the time, so music is simply the added layer to my creative process and truly helps keep the momentum going.

coffee and lemons

by cortneyherron


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good morning

by cortneyherron

Dubai Desert

by cortneyherron


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Dog Life

by cortneyherron

Olivia Linville

Artist Relations & Development Associate