I’m very excited to introduce you to our first Artist post. Enjoy!
What kinds of things do you generally paint or take pictures of?
I paint primarily with watercolors, at least that’s the medium I enjoy the most. I’m not the most patient person so watercolors serve me best. I can see my painting happening in one sitting if I choose. I love nature so my paintings are usually of outdoor landscapes, barns, birds, wildlife of all kinds. I keep a camera with me at all times when I’m traveling and often stop to take pictures of rural landscapes, particularly fields of cattle, wildflowers in bloom, clouds – anything that I think might come in handy for reference for a future painting.
What inspires you to create?
Without getting too “Zen” , I’m inspired by nature itself – I prefer being outdoors – looking at trees,for instance – they mesmerize me the way their branches twist and curl upward, it’s awe- inspiring really. I think the connected-ness (if that’s a word) that I feel with nature is my inspiration to want to somehow transfer that feeling onto paper. To save it, so to speak.
I have an idea of what I want to paint, usually, but since I strive for realism, I’ll scour through my box of photos for an idea – sometimes I combine several into one painting. I love painting fall and winter scenes most.
Do you have a favorite painting of yours?
I don’t have a favorite per se but there are a few pieces that were perhaps more difficult to bring to fruition that I hold in better regard. I don’t always complete a painting in one sitting. Sometimes I will start two or three – maybe painting only the sky in each and then putting them aside to work on later. The ones with the most time involved for attention to detail are the ones I seem to cherish most.
Who would you consider an influence on your art?
I’m a giant fan of Andrew Wyeth – if you’ve not been to his museum in Kennet Square you must go. There are also numerous wildlife artists that are phenomenal. I am in awe of James Bama and Bev Dolittle and while they are considered Western artists, their work is unbelievably realistic.
Do you listen to music when you paint? Who?
I usually have some music playing in the background while I’m painting – mostly classical if I really need to concentrate – Vivaldi’s four seasons is a good standby. Anything James Taylor & Carole King but also Gary Moore and Daniel Lanois.
It depends on the mood and what I’m painting but it’s usually not rock sing-a long because I’d be too distracted – I remember too many of the words and I’d be singing instead of painting.
Tell me something quirky about yourself.
My fantasy is to be a stand-up comedienne – I love to laugh and I love to make people laugh. Laughter truly is the best medicine! Oh, I talk to all the animals – you know, like “Hello, little chickadee, how are you today?” while filling up the back yard feeder. I once was honored to hold up my hand filled with seed and have a black-capped chickadee land on it- we definitely shared a moment.
What do you aim to make people feel when they view your art?
I hope that when someone sees one of my paintings it stirs to life their inner connection to nature and possibly recall a fond memory.
I am not an illustrator but I have these animal characters in my head who are just trying to get out and be the background of a children’s story. So that may be my next adventure.
Do you sing in the shower?
Absolutely – actually I always have a tune playing in my head and I have to be careful I don’t start singing in the grocery store.
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