Thank you for wanting to learn more about me. Glad you’re here! I love to listen to interviews and learn about artists. It’s exhilarating to learn the creative process. Here’ s my interview.
1. Why art? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
Art is just a part of me-always has been. It’s a love story. When I was bored in class, I’d draw in the page margins. I loved paint by number kits, markers and crayons. I made this hot air balloon in fifth grade. It’s not that I made one, it’s that I reveled in the process. I have hot air balloon designs. My favorite moments in college involve creativity. I majored in Marketing. You learn about design, advertising and consumer behavior. All that is art in a sense. I’m obsessed with the idea that artists can take simple elements and tell a story. I always find the right inspiration, tips or resources when I really want them. I let art go for a while because art to me was gallery/museum art. It is. Yes I create art, but my work looks nothing like that. Now I understand that’s actually good!
2. When did you realize you’re an artist?
There really isn’t a moment. I’ve always believed in the phrase do what you love and love what you do. This story came to life in my head. I’d write poems. I thought maybe I could sell them? That led to the term typography. I learned that typography is boring: I can’t stand it. That led to hand lettering. Love it! I came across this crayola educational watercolor set which led to watercolor and childhood memories. The more I surround myself with artists, the more I identify with them.
4. Describe your style? Your process?
I’m curious about everything. I’m a thinker. I’m obsessed with color. My favorites are monotone shades. I really love this 3 tier cake that’s amazing tones of blue. I love vintage lettering, block lettering in vintage ads, and like what you’d see on 1940s post cards. I love people, nature, and hearts. My art is a combination of all these elements, and that everything is possible. I hope people know that. I’m still growing so we’ll see.
5. What’s your motto or words you live by?
Let the kid play. I think about lots of kids at a certain age and myself. The kid who doesn’t question if this is right. She just draws, has fun, and just loves. Real story. I want to get back to that. I try to live by that. Walt Disney said,” That’s the trouble with the world,too many people grow up. ” I’m not by any means perfect. I try to be a good person. As for words: love and choice
6. What artist inspires you?
I love the radical James Victore. I love Frida Kahlo. Her life is right there on the canvas. Raphael’s School of Athens is my favorite. Eric Carle’s collage art is amazing! There are tons more. I get obsessed with a song. I want to know who wrote it and why.
7. Share something fun and interesting about you?
I love music! I used to sing this song and imagine people were here from all over the world to listen to me. Nothing to do with fame but to help people. I love that I can do that with art. I’d like to write a song. I have. It would be awesome to dance the Thriller song…wait that’s more than something.
8. What made me weird as a kid? Does your art benefit from this?
Oh I would always tilt my head-get lost in a thought…people would ask what I’m thinking about. I’ve always had this fascination with the why and process of every element that fascinates me. Sometimes it’s what doesn’t. I paint my thoughts and curiosity. Does that make sense?
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