Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!
1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?
My brother in law Andy is a master furniture maker/woodworker. I am amazed at the skill it takes to produce a beautiful one of a kind piece. His work is designed and built with such care and forethought. He is very good at making frames as well!
2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?
A dear friend has told me my artwork touches her heart and that my creative talent is truly a gift from God.
3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?
The last five years or so I have been working with a special group of artists to create large paintings and wall hangings for our church worship space. During those times and since I have felt that I am co-creating with the Creator God! It is a moving, humbling and amazing experience!
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?
Fredrick Edwin Church's paintings of Niagara Falls and his paintings of New England landscapes! His portrayals of immense distances and his attention to detail is mind blowing! Just incredible!
5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?
I want to paint in the mountains! I am going to Alaska again this summer and hope to spend time painting plein air while I'm there.
It's been a while since I studied art history, so I had to do some homework, which is always good. Ingres classical style is beautifully done, his composition so balanced, his figures so precisely done, makes a beautiful painting. But for me it is too perfect a style.. On the other side of the spectrum is Delacroix whose paintings are loosely painted with passion. His compositions are so chaotic and his subject matter often so dark and violent I find them hard to look at! That said, I appreciate Delacroix's use of expressive color and his loose, sketchy brushstrokes and his dramatic lighting much more and find it more exciting than Ingres' tight style and harmonious colors. I can now say I appreciate both in different ways and on different days.
*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!