What’s your story?
My story. Well, I am the oldest of seven children. I grew up in the cornfields of Wisconsin. Kenosha County to be exact. I was born in Milwaukee. We didn’t have a lot, just your basic needs and a mother and father who had a great sense of humor who made the best of every situation. My Father is a musician and a hairstylist and my Mother, a graduate of Horticulture but decided to have seven children instead of pursuing a career. Art and Theater have always been a major part of my life. From being the art teacher’s student aid to being in every production whether painting sets or being the lead of the show, I enjoy it all.
You are a very creative artistic individual, what is your favorite thing to do?
Hmmm…My favorite thing to do in general or besides painting….well.. I love painting, I love reading a new script or a book of interest and having some hot tea. I love blankets and sitting by the ocean. I indulge myself into Art History and reading about the lives of other artists. I try to live moment to moment. I love music and film. Visually, I’m always being inspired throughout my day. By the simplest of things: a handshake, a kiss, a beautiful woman passing by with a tan beret and red lips, a small smile from a 7 year old. I try to embrace the small things. Too much of my time in the past has been spent on sadness and what could have been. Living in the moment is key.
What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
The most challenging part of being an artist is by far the disciplinary side of it. I am an entrepreneur. I create many things and have lots of ideas, following through with them is key. This isn’t an instant fame game, this is real life and you must have patience and treat yourself well and never give up.
Your dream is worth your time.
What do you wish you knew about mix media before you started?
Hmm… well I started using a variety of mixed media by the time I was 10. I have never been one who is a afraid of failure. I am always trying new techniques. When I find one that works; I put it in the back of my brain and then try others. I love charcoal with watery acrylic paint. Just one of my combos that I am a fan of.
What is your creative process like?
My studio is full of Art History books and Vogue magazines. I am a fan of fashion and where it started and how it continues to capture the masses. My process usually starts with my current frame of mind as well as writing, reading, listening to music (preparing myself as an actor does), and then I am able to approach the canvas. Sometimes it’s a mess (a disaster to put it lightly); a battle from within that sometimes comes out crazy and unattractive (those canvases sometimes are put aside for another approach later). It is a constant learning and growing experience. I fight to be honest throughout my work. I want the viewer to feel emotion, to bring my pieces to their own completion. My creative process is real. It’s lovely at times, it’s frustrating at times; tears, laughter and love have all washed over many of my pieces. I am constantly growing as a woman and a painter.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good mix media piece?
Let’s just say I’ve learned a lot about patience and gratitude over the past few years. Things don’t always happen when or how you think they should. I’ve had to stay connected to my God and be patient with myself. I believe as an artist, you need to be open and honest with yourself. you will make mistakes(many in fact)…. You also need to be persistent…