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My (Imaginary) Interview


I recently came across an art marketing website which appears to have sadly gone by the wayside. I did come across a page that looks like it was set up for artists to answer a few questions about themselves and their art.


I have often thought of how I would answer questions posed to me in an interview so, I decided to answer the questions here.


Do you listen to music when you create?


Often but, not always. My taste in music is eclectic. I listen to everything from contemporary jazz to classical to rock.


What interpretation would you like others to have of your art?


I'm less concerned about interpretations and more about the emotional connection. I prefer to have my art evoke a sensation. Good, bad, or indifferent, the idea is to really stop and look. Release your pareidolia (tendency to find shapes in everyday objects).


Process of creating art:


Someone once told me that I have a natural instinct for color and I think it went right to my head. I love them all. As I see colors in nature, my mind is constantly trying to figure out how I can duplicate them. The love of texture comes from being a tactile person. That seems to be a commonality with many artists. We love to touch and feel.


Inspirations:


I would have to say that most of my inspiration came from my Aunt Lucy. She was an artist. When I was a child, she would set me up in her studio with pastels and paper while she made sketches of me. I believe that it was her that introduced me to my passion. Beyond that, I have been inspired by the Impressionists and the post-war Abstract Expressionists. I am a huge fan of Rothko.

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