1. How long have you been creating? Is being an artist something you always felt a call to?
A: I love this question, but it's a little hard to answer. I've been creating art for as long as I can remember, but just like growing up my art style has taken on many different forms over the years and it wasn't until probably 2 years ago that I really felt the drive and desire to pursue this passion full time. It has honestly been one of the craziest journeys that I'm so happy I said "yes" to.
2. What is your favorite medium?
A: I would have to say Acrylic paint! It's my go-to medium, however I also love to work with watercolors, graphite and charcoal.
3. How long did it take you to find "your style"?
A: I guess in some ways finding my style has been a life long process. My artwork has changed styles as I have matured and grown, but I guess I would have to say that within even the past year I feel myself settling into a more gentle rhythm and becoming more comfortable exploring new movements on canvas that has lead to the style I have today.
4. What is your favorite art piece or collection that you've created and why?
A: I would have to say that "By the Lake" is one of my favorite paintings I've created this past year. It stands out to me for a few different reasons, but one reason is because it is inspired from one of my favorite nearby walking trails, it's a trail that goes alongside a lake and then into the woods. During the fall the light dances through the leaves and creates incredible textures on the ground and trees.
5. That's beautiful! Where do you get most of your inspiration from?
A: Nature and the landscapes around me have alway been a source of inspiration. I've been lucky enough to travel many different places, but one of my favorite places to be is where I grew up in the the Pacific Northwest. After living away from those landscapes for nearly 10 years and now returning to my roots, I've found myself painting from the landscapes and memories I missed when I lived away.
6. What advice do you have for artists/painters just starting out?
A: It may sound silly, but my advice would be just create and then create some more. Don't let money or time discourage you. It's so easy to find excuses about time or limited finances. When I picked up my practice a few years ago it was with inexpensive supplies and uncertain living arrangements, I just knew I needed to say yes to that desire to create.
7. What is your ideal workspace? Quiet and clean? Listening to music? Outside? etc.
A: My ideal space to paint is a clean(ish) room while listening to music! Right now my husband and I live in a small apartment/ my studio where canvases typically line the walls, so creating a space that is functional and organized, can be a bit of a challenge but somehow I'm loving this season.
8. Where do you hope to see your art in 5 years?
A: That's a tough question, honestly I didn't see myself where I'm at now even a year ago, so it's hard to imagine 5 years. I guess I would have to say that I hope I'm still painting and getting to share my artwork with people. That is honestly my biggest enjoyment!
9. Doing what you love is so great! We hope you're still painting in 5 years too, because your art is so beautiful and your passion definitely shines through. Do you have any of your artwork in galleries or displayed in public?
A: Right now I don't have any work displayed publicly. I've been taking this season to refine my work and keep up with some other projects and commission paintings I have in the works.
10. Taking time to refine our skills doing what we love is always a good idea! What is something you wish you knew when you started pursuing art seriously?
A: If I could go back and tell myself a bit of advice, I would have to remind myself that there would be really hard days where you doubt everything you do, but to not give up and keep sharing the process and put artwork out into the world. Also, to create some sort of schedule and list of project ideas/ sketch book to look back at on the days that are creatively more difficult.