Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!
1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?
A profession similar to that of an artist is that of an English teacher. I say this because I did this job, teaching literature, and writing, all the time hoping to impact the teens in my classes. It was a very creative time in my life and as close as I could be to being creative, using my summers for art.
2. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?
Art isn't just about creating; it is about being. It is what you think, dream and believe. It shows who you really are, how you see the world.
3. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?
The painting that always astounds me is "Flowers, Italy" by Joseph Stella in the Phoenix Art Museum. I will go there just to stand in front of it. Its impact on me never changes. The huge size, symmetry, rich colors, and details of petals, leaves, birds and even insects in this beautiful painting hold ever present feelings of love, hope and serenity.
4. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?
I want to paint a large painting similar in theme to that of Stella's, but my studio is too small for a canvas that size. I might need a friend with a garage willing to let me work there.
I choose Ingres, first, because his self portrait at age 24 shows such confidence and intention. Second, because his art resurrects the past with new eyes. Also, his self portrait at age 78 shows humility and wisdom. It is all in his face with such honesty.
*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!