What made you choose pastels as a medium?
Initially and still is the intensity of color and the amazing variety and texture of the materials.
How long have you been using pastels?
What are your favorite subjects to paint?
I try not to limit myself because there was a time when I felt as if I was pigeon holed as a figure artist. It was very frustrating. Now I do what is inspiring in the moment. Right now I’m working with the landscape but the irises in my garden are calling to me.
How has your practice changed over time?
I started painting what was in front of me. Painting exact colors and shapes. Today I’m working on 2 paintings from my imagination. Creating compositions from things that I have seen and pushing myself to be more abstract.
What is the best art related advice you’ve been given?
Take what you have learned and find your own voice. Copying others artists work is good practice but explore to find yourself in your work.
What do you wish you’d have known from the beginning, but took years to learn?
Don’t search outside yourself for approval. Don’t do art for other people. Do it for yourself. Make yourself happy and the joy will shine through your work to others.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the people, things and nature around me. Presently, I have a show installed illustrating my morning walks with my dog.
When is your favorite time of day to create?
After my walk 11:00-4:00 seems to be the best for both studio or plein air.
How do you develop your art skills?
Practice, practice, practice and throw in a workshop or class every so often. You can have years of education but if you don’t practice what you’ve learned you will never improve your skills. Also go in the studio every day. Even if it’s to do paper work or drink coffee. Be around your art and materials.
How do you define success as an artist?
Success for me is … do I feel good about my practice? Have I met my goals? Am I learning every day? Am I having fun? And lastly, am I bringing joy to the world with my work?