Art Talk - Ten Questions
A glimpse behind the scenes into the artists studios and a look at the creative workings from artists across the world. A fascinating insight and privileged look into what makes them tick and why they do what they do…
1. How long have you been an artist?
Always! I can’t remember a time when I was not either creating or observing and making plans for a later.
2. What is your preferred medium and roughly what is the process for creating your work?
Graphite on paper or some other interesting surface. I like the humble nature of my medium. The drawing process is straightforward. The pigment begins where the light ends.
3. Describe your life as an artist in 3 words?
Attentive, appreciative, happy.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from and how does it affect your creative process?
Endurance sport and its athletes. I am very much a student of the game, studying training/preparation, performances…at some point a vision emerges and it is something that I must translate into art. Maybe it captures a moment, sentiment, or emotion. Maybe it presents an idea or argument. Maybe it celebrates the sport or event itself. Whatever the case, it always represents what I find to be beautiful and inspiring.
5. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your art and career so far?
6. What is the one piece of advice you would give to a new artist?
Actually, TWO things: 1) Stay focused. 2) Keep going! Obstacles, real or imagined, will present themselves sometimes. These are not reasons to quit, these are merely distractions. Whatever you want to do or feel needs to be done…do it anyway. Keep going!
7. What is the one item in the studio you couldn’t live without?
Again, two things! My pencil and my dog-a trusty 6B and a loyal Tibetan.
8. Do you listen to music when working in the studio, if so what?
Yes, though not always. Sometimes the rain is my playlist. Yesterday, for example, was a beautiful stormy day. It was the perfect accompaniment for the day’s tasks. Other days I listen to everything. I like classical and the classics for various genres as much as I like new artists, emerging and experimental music.
9. What are the best and worst things about being an artist?
Best? Freedom! To be one’s own boss, present one’s own vision/ideas. To communicate freely. Worst? Not much. Often it seems that there is more inspiration than time.
10. Technology is a growing presence in the life of an artist, what are your favourite apps or software to assist your work and promotion?
Drawing is pretty low-tech! Pencil, paper, eraser. As far as apps, I am most entertained and informed by Twitter and Pinterest. I appreciate the personal/professional connections made possible by these applications. I have not tried Periscope yet. I see interesting possibilities for artists using Periscope.
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