How old are you?
What is the primary medium you work in?
I primarily work in acrylic and watercolor.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Acrylic and watercolor.
What is your favorite subject matter?
I love making chunky cute creatures. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t alive, I like to animate the inanimate with feelings too.
What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I absolutely love a good liner brush, round brushes, and filbert brushes! Trekell brand is my go-to.
What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
Goodness, pretty much anywhere! Childrens books, movies, cartoons, reels and time-lapse videos are fun quick ways to learn. I love taking individual workshops and classes when I do conventions or if an artist I enjoy is offering something like that, I will gladly try it out! You never can stop learning. Skillshare and other sites are also good!
How and when did you start creating artwork?
I started creating art when I could walk and stand at my coffee table. I loved coloring. Professionally, I started almost two decades ago as a working artist and displaying in art shows and galleries. Once you create something and then sell it to someone who really likes it, like it brings them happiness, there is nothing truly like it!
Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
My mother. I saw her always crafting something from what started like nothing. I loved that she was a mother and an artist. Though I am no crafter, I loved art and always wanted to be able to have a family. I’m living my dream in my own unique way and so blessed to live in this now moment to do what I love.
What piece of art do you most closely identify with?
I have always been drawn to pieces with moons and stars and oceans in them. I have a collection of works by various artists for my Moon wall in my studio (Brittney Lee, Helen Bucher, Liana Hee, and Maxine Vee for now). I expect it to grow as time goes on.
If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid of trying something new. Embrace yourself as you are, and be open to possibility and conversation. Grow where you are, and explore where you can. Practice every day and never stop trying. Don’t give up! Make art that makes your soul happy, and others will see that too!
What is your absolute dream project? If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
My dream project would be to make live art during retreats and prayer circles, from scratch. Literally, start to finish, I don’t know what I’m making, but while the speaker or prayer is going, I let Spirit move through me. I’ve done it a few times and I create the most amazing pieces. I want to do it again so much, but on a bigger scale.
What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
My ultimate goal has always been to create art that makes others happy. The world could always use more light. Each year I set aside time to figure out my focus, or calling for the year… Last year was to be Productive in PJs. Check! lol Who knew that would have been so spot on! And this year is to Radiate light, love and laughter in all the work I do. Affirmations that I’m on the right course keep popping up like you wouldn’t believe, and so many people have responded to my work that has been inspired by this new theme.
What is your favorite plant and/or animal?
Favorite plant, ZZ plant! They are so cute! But of course I drew pansy flowers for the show. My favorite land animals are dogs. My favorite sea animal is a dolphin.
Is nature something that you’re drawn to?
I’m drawn to the ocean. I’ve always been called to be on the Pacific coastline since as long as I can remember. I feel comfort by the beach, feet in the sand, walking in the twilight as the cool breeze rushes through my hair. See? It’s calling me now.
Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery?
I wanted to created mini artworks for the show that were inspired by happy Wonderland flowers! I always loved the pansies because they reminded me of when I grew up. My mother would plant them every spring and they were so bright and colorful. Golden afternoon is one of my most favorite songs in Alice in Wonderland too. So it brought me back. I added iridescent paint to the originals and embellished the limited edition signed prints as well with the magical sparkle. There is something about walking by something shiny that just sparks my soul.
Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery?
I wanted to convey love (hidden heart-shapes are in each flower) and that even though we all may be pansies we all are different and that is what makes us a beautiful garden.
Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery?
I feel like I have! Motherhood, childhood, and the magic through the eyes of a child.
If you could invent any kind of plant or animal, what would it be/look like/what kind of environment would it thrive in?
You’re getting creative here! Ok, let’s do this… I would create a dog that looked like a plant, and had a fun little green world carried on it’s back (ok, now I have to go make this happen)!
Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
Yes, a few times. Most recently for the With Love and Grim Grinning Ghosts Art Tribute Shows
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