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Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!
1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?
Being a writer is very similar to being an artist. For me it’s the elements of the piece/story. They are very similar with composition and telling a story, and then there are the criticisms, submissions and rejections. But the art scene is more subjective, forgiving, and all around much more kind. While I still get story ideas, I have zero interest in writing.
2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?
When I was still doing the indie comic circuit with my husband, a veteran cartoonist commented on my work. He said he really liked it and it had a unique style mixed with a Chinese brush. It was good to hear because at the time I was contemplating quitting art altogether.
3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?
I didn’t start painting until my late 30s. My first paint class was at my friend’s coffee shop and it was taught by another friend who worked at the Dayton Art Institute. We had so much fun. It is never too late to start something.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?
It was a piece at ArtPrize10 called “Cinderella: The Sequel” by Veveanne Carey. It was displayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown. I had to go see it every day I was in Grand Rapids. Every time I looked at it the stories swirled in my mind. That Fairy Godmother worked some serious overtime magic to make that happily ever after happen.
5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?
I want to learn how to airbrush. I have all of the equipment, I’ve watched some YouTube videos, and have also played a little. But, I don’t know enough to create anything.
I think on the surface it is Ingres but deep down it is all Delacroix.
*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!