Painting is where I can let go and just be myself, pouring my emotions out onto the canvas.
One word that best describes my style is: Unparalleled
1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
Invigorating - a combination of daily chores, paperwork and painting. Daily chores might mean maintaining the running of the two houses I have, grocery shopping, taking care of my dog and laundry. Paperwork includes keeping track of all the galleries and online programs I am involved with, including where all my artwork is at any given time. Painting is where I can let go and just be myself, pouring my emotions out onto the canvas.
2. What does your studio look like?
Multifarious - my studio is organized chaos. My supplies are organized, except those I am currently using, which are laid out in a somewhat organized pattern to begin with, but become increasingly disorganized as the paintings evolve. I usually have anywhere from three to five paintings being created at the same time, so my ‘organized chaos’ progressively breaks down as the paintings change, and I change color combinations to better suit their outcomes.
3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art
Incomparable - I am unique in that I can be shy and retiring and gregarious at the same time. I am naturally shy by nature, but come alive while talking about my artwork. My artwork is unique in that I have found no one using fluid acrylic paint in the manner in which I employ it. I learned the technique in a class, but even the instructor doesn’t use the process to the ends of a need in the manner in which I do.
4. What do you love most about being an artist?
Freedom - The freedom to let go and become whatever I feel like for any particular day. My emotions take over and my desire to put ever-challenging colors together create a state of euphoria I cannot recreate out of the studio.
5. Which is your favourite artpiece so far and what is the story behind it?
“Labyrinth” - This painting is an achievement of mine to work in some of my favorite colors on a larger scale than I am typically used to. Yellow, brown and black have appeared in a number of my bigger pieces as they represent the darker side of my emotions laid out full scale to alleviate some of the tension that builds up inside of me. Working at this size is more of a challenge with the paint, as I have to keep it wet enough to manipulate before it dries, yet not so wet that I lose control of where I want to take the design. The title exemplifies my feelings about my life, as well as withdrawing what I see when I look at it.
6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
My painting supplies. My computer. My dog.
7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
From within. I draw myself up into a ball in a room with no sound. I let the light impulses I see as I close my eyes, take me a place deep inside where all my emotions can be tapped, and later released onto the canvas.
8. What does success look like to you?
Success is an intangible to me. No amount of recognition can ever totally fulfill my needs as a person and an artist. I am my own worst critic both on a personal level and a professional one. If I had to give an answer to this question without those intangibles, I would have to say that success means being recognized as a legitimate player in the world of art. Someone whose name means something in the right circles.
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