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
“…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.
“I don’t think I can draw a distinction between where my life ends and my art begins. They are one. What inspires my life also inspires my work. My greatest inspiration is dance/movement. I have danced my entire life and consequently everything I experience is through my body. I am very physical and consequently my work is very physical. Often for the viewer when seeing the work live, there is a visceral experience as a result.
Thoughts, ideas, concepts that are currently (or constantly) finding their way into my work: materials- mundane materials, dynamic relationships, the knowledge that experience is based on perception, presence to the moment, not knowing, having and holding two dichotomous ideas together in the same space, vulnerability and metaphors of human-ness.”
Artist: Connie Noyes Title: In the beginning everything fit together perfectly Medium: Recycled packing paper, oil, enamel, asphalt, resin on panel, 50 x 50 inches Website:http://www.connienoyes.com
“My greatest inspiration comes from city life and nature. In the city there is so much going on, from graffiti walls to cool architecture, that it makes for a good painting. People watching is also fascinating and can lead to abstract figures and cubism art. I love color so I like to make a grand composition with different hues to enhance my artwork. Just recently I was inspired by the sun and the moon. The moonlight casting down in the alley of a very urban street with nothing but a garbage can and an old car. Perfect for creating something unique. An abstract cityscape with a raw feel and maybe a cubist human form in the foreground with Batman jumping into the scene. How cool.
In nature, every creature is fascinating and the colors and patterns from animal fur can be used from realistic portraiture to surreal works of art. There is so much we can take from nature to use in our artwork that every artist could be inspired to create for a lifetime.
I carry a sketchbook in my bag wherever I go so I can draw new ideas that pop in my head from whatever inspires me in my environment. Daily life is very interesting and fun if we just take the time to look.”
Artist: LauraBarbosa Title: UnCanny Valley Medium: Acrylics and Ink on Canvas, 24″ H x 36″ W x 0.5″ D Website: http://laurabarbosaart.com
ERICKH Sculpture, Levens, France
“My inspiration is drawn from the stone, from my sensibilities and from revealing my hidden emotions.” Artist: ERICKH Title: Divine Medium: Marbre Statuaire de Carrara, 23.6 kg 61x32x16 cm Website:http://www.erickh.com
“Inspiration is an organically evolving thread which builds on the past, is influenced by the present and is filled by the wonder of the unknown future. Artistic inspiration is that elusive element that is different for each person at different points throughout their life.
As an artist, I am inspired in particular by the quirky juxtaposition of a thought, a material, an artistic process and/or a moment that flips my internal sensor toward the next steps.”
Artist: Suzanne Morlock Installation: I spun old newspapers into a “yarn” and then knitted the yarn with 1.5″ PVC pipe “needles” — the result of a “moment”. The gallery was an old chapel in France. Website: http://suzannemorlock.com/
“I suppose life inspires me. Daily something will touch me in a way that naturally goes into my paintings. It’s more of a spiritual, subconscious feeling with always the hope that I’ll learn something on the way. With non representational work I can tell a story or evoke an emotion without it being obvious. If you can’t name it then what is left is the imagination and life experiences that allow a personal interpretation. 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.”
“On question what inspires me….. I am not able to give a firm answer. My paintings, my whole work comes from inner experiences which last since I was a child. That is my way to create my private world, which in a moment becomes my therapy … as, I have to admit, working makes me relaxed. Doing it, I feel good and safe. But I am mostly interested in a HUMAN BEING and I psychoanalize them.”