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An art attack? Interview with an Artist, cont….

As the interviews continue,  here are some notables from last year:

  • “What I love the most is when someone finds something I didn’t see in my work.  Then I know I’ve done my job.” ~  Peggy Guichu, Phoenix, AZ
  • “I remember sitting at the easel, smelling the paint, and feeling the way it felt on the brush, under my fingers. It was instantaneous – that knowledge that I had found my calling” ~ Jana Ireijo, Solvang, CA
  • “ I was discussing my major options with my father & he said, “Why don’t you major in art?…You have always been creative.” I decided to give it a try. I changed my major to Fine Art & never looked back.”~ Anna Marie Francesco, Upland, CA
  • “My art doesn’t speak to the intellect but to the soul and to the feelings.” ~ Diana Chelaru, Torino, Italy
  • “Daily life is very interesting and fun if we just take the time to look.” ~ Laura Barbosa, New Jersey
  • “…she was reviewing my work on the walls in my studio… after about 20 minutes of looking in silence she turned to me and said “I’m going to buy this one “Weed” and take it with me today. Bring those three (pointing to others on the wall) to the gallery next week and I’ll put you into the next group show”. I practically had a fucking heart attach” ~ Mark Van Wagner, Kauai, HI
  • “…then I realized… I was the only student who had given her breasts (denoted by one W-shaped line). I felt it was completely unfair since I was just being accurate, and tried not to cry – until I got home.” ~ Kara Joslyn, Oakland, CA

Thank you all for taking the time and for opening your inner worlds, making this a one-of-a-kind artist blog.

Thank you. ~Paul Shampine

More to come…

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getting lost…

Every time I travel, I’m reminded of how vast this world is.  When I take a wrong turn (which is often) and find myself far from where I’m destined to be, I see a part of someone else’s small world, just as unique as mine. I like getting lost.

It’s a very intimate question “What inspires your work?” You’ll read some intimate answers from a diverse group of visual artists.  Here are a few of many intimate worlds.

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"I capture shifting perceptions" - Kathryn Arnold

Kathryn Arnold, San Francisco, CA:  “It, my inspiration for creating, began at a young age. Sitting on the front porch of my childhood home in freezing cold, I noticed the deepness and richness of the color of the winter sky and felt alive. I practiced ‘mental photography’ as a way to keep the image fresh in my mind so as not to forget. This grew into wishing to capture and remember an entire moment, the people, the colors, the vivid sensations of the world around me.  This still inspires me. In my work, I capture shifting perceptions as they change and interact moment by moment mixing with my imagination. Within this, ideas and/or images intermingle.”

Artist: Kathryn Arnold, San Francisco, CA
Title: Fish and Dragon
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas, 7′ x 7′
Website: http://www.kathrynarnold.com/

Aliey Ball, artist and founder of  a fresh water initiative in Melbourne, Australia:
“My work explores the human/nature relationship. I’m a firm believer that humans are “natural”, including our technologies and built environments – though it seems we have forgotten this.  I am passionate about freshwater systems, geology, palaeontology, deep ecology and living systems. Notions of “place” and the phenomenology of space are of great interest to me.

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Finalist in this year's Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Yarra Glen, Australia

My latest work “Cabal” is a meditation on symbiotic alliances, tran-species affiliations and co-evolution. Composed of four elements, each with orifice and phallus, facilitating interconnectedness toward an emergent structure – a Cabal.”

Artist: Aliey Ball, Melbourne, Australia
Title: Cabal
Medium: Modified gypsum, glass fibres and paint, 900 x 800 x 580 mm
Website: http://alieyball-fineart.blogspot.com/

Artist and writer, Christine Walker, Sonoma County, CA:

“The garden outside my studio walls inspires myPaul Shampine Blog Sculpture Outdoor Sculpture art artist reviewpaintings. From it I pluck a reference palette—petals, leaves, pods, grasses. In the studio, I follow forms and colors until the painting or something—music, memory, currents of feelings and thoughts—suggests the next move. I make marks with brush and hands, sticks and garden tools, investigating nature’s vocabulary, while seeking resonance with an inner landscape.”

Artist: Christine Walker, Sonoma, CA
Title: Come to Me
Medium: Oil on canvas, 52″x44″
Website: http://www.christinewalker.net

Diana Chelaru, Torino, Italy

 

 

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"unfold expressively those feelings within myself" - Chelaru

“What inspires my work… is my life and everything that surrounds me. I know sounds like a cliche but thats what it is. For me, art is a means of communications. It is how I express my thoughts, hopes, regrets and joys. Paintings are for me another way of expressing my feelings. Although I often gain great pleasure from the process of painting, it is most important to unfold expressively those feelings within myself. My work uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of visual references to the world. In my work I always emphasize on the color as a significant and unifying element. The color helps me create a world that’s at once eerie and alluring, a world that exists only in ones imagination. My art doesn’t speak to the intellect but to the soul and to the feelings.”

Artist: Diana Chelaru
Title: Getting Together, 28”x23″
Website: http://www.dianachelaru.com/

Miya Ando, Brooklyn, NY

Paul Shampine Blog Sculpture Outdoor Sculpture art artist review“i think a lot about intention with regard to the works- i am inspired by introspection, quietude, solitude, finding harmony and balance as we find in nature”

Artist: Miya Ando, Brooklyn, NY
Title: luminous transcendent [meditation 33.1]
Medium: steel, patina, phosphoresence, automotive lacquer, 36”x36″
Website: http://www.miyaando.com