Artist Interview with Maggie Bandstra

Artist Interview with Maggie Bandstra

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Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!

1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?

Being a freelance creative writer or a musician is somewhat like being an artist. When talking with my students I compare being an artist to being a golfer. There are lots of golfers, Whose dad golfs? (kids raise hands) Who's dad makes money golfing? (no hands go up in most classes) Who can name a golfer who makes lots of money? Yes, Tiger Woods makes a lot of money It's the same thing with artists. Being an artist is a lot like being an entrepreneur. If you want to pay the bills making your artwork you also need to know how to sell it. If that is selling to gallery owners, granting boards, or directly to a customer. The exchange of money for art is just an exchange of energy..

2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?

Today after Yoga my friend Kelly said you know when we were closing our eyes for Savasana. I kept picturing your painting. The blue one with the light shining through the flowers. Also, "Your paintings make me feel happy".

3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?

I am always trying to make a better painting. I am always just practicing.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?

I was introduced to Diana al-Hadid, her work is stunning and makes me want to investigate how she creates them. Just so visceral.

5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?

A very large mural painting.

6. Which artist do you like better - Ingres or Delacroix, and why?*

Delacroix because during their feuding Ingres was unable to control his anger. Both were trained, successful artists with clients who loved their work but I would choose the artist who without arrogance could accept a different expression of style than his own.

*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!