Hi Lorie, how are you?
Hi Kevin! I’m doing fantastic. I have a dream job doing what I love and I couldn’t be happier! When I wake up I know I have a day of painting and creating ahead and that energizes and motivates me. Every day offers a new chance to improve and come up with new ideas and art forms. I really do have a new canvas to work with!
How did you discover your talent for art?
I think my greatest motivator that fueled my discovery came from a rather negative aspect of my life. I have a unique voice and was teased incessantly by other children because of it, so I looked for another way to express myself and in so doing I found my artistic voice, a voice that no made fun of, a voice that had become my escape. Now as an adult, my voice has not been so much of an issue or obstacle, but my art has become an asset that I might never have taken seriously enough had it not been for this challenge when I was younger.
What or who inspired you to paint/draw in the first place?
Wyland was one of my favorites! Immediately captured by his art, I adopted him as my artistic role model and wanted to draw and paint like him! I also love the way he is always encouraging children to draw and paint and that is another passion of mine. Disney was also among my favorites and I would gravitate toward the films and characters from a very young age. I love the sea, and am completely captivated with dolphins.
What do you think is the most important influence in your art?
Influenced by the works of Vasily Kandinsky, an early pioneer of the illusion of abstraction, I have been inspired to portray my imagery with the bi-dimensional focus that is characteristic of much of his work. I would have to say that Wyland was also one of my greatest influencers.
Where do you do your work?
My home is my studio, and since I am always painting and thinking of new artistic concepts, I love being in the constant presence of my studio where I can instantaneous act on my inspirations. However successful I may become, I will always keep my art studio in my home, because it is a part of who I am and all I wish to be.
Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination?
I would have to say all three. Much of my inspiration will begin with a photograph, and evolve into a painting, and later spin off into imaginative abstract art forms. While I begin with an idea or artistic direction, the final outcome takes several twists and turns and brings me to places that I hadn't fully conceptualized from the start.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on a 60 x 70 whale collage made of ¾ inch acrylic hand painted circles with a different artistic flair. The whale is composed of ¾ inch circles, which add a complex dimension to the art form, because they are cut from magazines. This type of art brings a depth and character to the whale with colored shadings that come from mixed printed color rather than paint, and create a unique image and reflection.
Do you have any new projects planned?
I have more projects planned than I have hours in a day! As I paint, dozens of new ideas dance through my head, so I keep a notebook handy where I can outline the concept, and work with it later.
Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
For me subject by far is the predominant focus of my work. I want my paintings to carry a message. The way they are executed may involve trying different approaches along the way. Sometimes my mistakes are my greatest successes because they bring me to a new level of artistic expression and allow me to discover a whole new technique.
What techniques do you use?
I really use a combination of various techniques. Some are traditional some are strategies that I have developed through lots of trial and error over the years.
What are your favorite materials to work with?
You name it! Isn’t that what art is all about!!!
Do you concentrate mostly on content or technique in your work?
Quality is my foremost concern. I am striving to use the best materials I can and constantly working to improve my work in every way possible. Content and color is my passion. I want my work to inspire energy and emotion.
Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired?
I work under inspiration, but I feel that I am almost always inspired by and drawn to my work.
Where do you feel your art is going?
It is a day by day evolution and journey. My greatest wish would be to earn my place in the artistic community and display my work alongside some of the elite, unique creative influences, I have come to revere and respect. I would also like to use my art to become a leading advocate for the less fortunate. I would love to travel the globe and discover and be moved by many awe-inspiring places and cultures.
What do you think the role of the artist is in society and do you think that role is changing with the advances of technology?
I think artists have a chance to speak through artistic expression, to positively influence and inspire others. Our diverse media modalities have broadened the playing field to a level that those before us could never imagine. I think these powerful mediums give us opportunity to focus attention on worthy causes, and provide a forum for inspiring children the world around, to give them a positive escape and refuge from their life challenges.
Do you prefer a perfect smooth technique or a more energetic expressive technique and why?
It really depends on the day.
What is your favorite period in art history?
I would have to say MODERNISM with Abstract Expressionism
Who are your favorite artists?
Wyland and Jackson Pollack are among some of my favorites, but there are many.
What is your favorite painting/piece of art and why?
One of my favorite paintings is "Blue Poles" by Jackson Pollock. I love the large scale and explosion of color and energy in his paintings. I am captivated by the different paints and metallics that burst with energy and inspiration.
How do your market and promote your work?
Through online auctions, social media, networking, word of mouth, shows and galleries, etc.
Have you held any exhibitions?
Not solo! But hopefully one day!
Do you use any online services like ‘imagekind.com’, ‘redbubble’ or ‘cafepress’?
I have used these mediums but have found better success in marketing my own products through my own sources.
Do you think the internet has changed people’s appreciation of art by making it more accessible?
The internet is changing all our lives in every area and that certainly includes artists. I have met people that I may never have come in contact with through online networking and feel so appreciative for each and every person that has crossed my path. It has taught me so much.
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to take up painting or drawing?
I have met many people that say they can’t draw or paint or aren’t creative. I encourage them to put those thoughts away!!! Pick up whatever inspires you and create for no one but you and you may be pleased to find the artist in you! I encourage others to find and express their gifts and talents. Though I have a passion for creating, not everyone will like what I do, but I am having a blast in the creative process. This is what makes me happy. And it brings some measure of happiness to those who enjoy my work. Those are awesome rewards in themselves, and I think we even become a better person in the process, because we are doing something that makes ourselves and others happy. I hope that everyone can follow their passion and find and do what inspires them. Whether that is art, music, writing, or inventing and sharing something creative, this is the magic of which life is made. If art is your dream, I encourage you to begin with simple concepts, and allow yourself to find your creative genius. Each one of us has our own unique gift to contribute, a special something that no one else has in quite the same way.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for inviting me to do this! I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you.