Periodically I write a post like this one to welcome new followers and introduce myself again. I started painting in 2009, but didn’t start painting seriously until around 2018. I live in Evansville, Indiana with my husband, Mike, our 9-year old daughter, Autumn, and our two cats, Vincent Van Gogh and Mr. Wallace. When I first began painting, I was self-taught and painted things like flowers, trees, and abstracts on occasion. Then I went back to work in 2012 and being surrounded by artists on an almost daily basis reawakened my interest in becoming a full-time artist. In 2018, I left the regular 8-5 work world.
I took still life painting classes last year and learned techniques I now apply to my abstracts. Nowadays, I have decided to narrow my focus solely to abstract work, and growing as an abstract artist. I paint for many reasons, including to improve my mental health and to satisfy my primal need as a human being to create.
Twenty random facts (updated) about my art-making:
- My studio is in a room in our house, which means that it’s extremely convenient, but I also get sidetracked sometimes. It’s small but works for now.
- I find abstract art to be the most challenging genre. Creating something from nothing and out of your head that also looks nice compositionally is challenging.
- I’ve been painting since 2009, but painting on a more serious and dedicated level for the past year.
- I made it into my first juried exhibit last year.
- My favorite color is turquoise.
- I was around 90% self taught until last year when I took a few still life classes.
- I tone my canvas with burnt sienna and gray 95% of the time.
- When I create abstract art, my process is influenced heavily by the abstract expressionist movement.
- I dread cleaning my brushes after I paint. It’s probably what I dislike the most about the painting process.
- My favorite surface to work on is canvas when I paint with acrylic.
- I have a degree in business, not art, but if I could do college over, I would major in art. With that being said, my business degree has also been invaluable to my art career.
- I paint intuitively with no predetermined plan.
- I am homeschooling my daughter this year, so I mostly paint in the evenings and on weekends.
- I listen to all kinds of music when I paint but my favorites are Enya and 80s music.
- I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start painting until I was 34, eleven years ago.
- I always have something to drink when I paint…coffee, tea, soda.
- I believe even the most masterful artists need to continue learning. Painting is a never ending journey.
- I hope to start plein air painting more with my artist friends.
- I stand up when painting abstracts. My whole body gets a little workout when I paint abstracts. That’s when I can get the most energy into a piece.
- My studio is usually messy!
So now it’s your turn. I’d love to know more about you. 🙂