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Q: What makes you do what you do?
A: I love being creative and painting relaxes me. I love bold color and texture. I just want to share my impression of things with others and make people use their imagination a little.
Q: What role do you see your art playing in society?
A: I would like for my art to make people happy. I want it to leave a positive mark in the world we live in, and maybe inspire others to follow their creative dreams.
Q: What Jobs did you hold before becoming an artist?
A: I currently work at MSU in the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Previously, I worked for 12 years as a Mammographer.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: I would love to continue to create art for facilities for children. I love to see their faces light up. I would love a new project whether it is a mural or a series of canvases.
Q: What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
A: Create for yourself. Paint what you want to paint. Do not try to create just to please others and it's okay to say NO to a project.
Q: What couldn't you do without?
A: Coffee and family
Q: Describe your work space for us...
A: I have an easel set up in the corner of my living room next to a large window. This allows me to be creative yet still spend time with my family.
Q: How do you know when something you are working on is finished?
A: Once I think it is done, I usually sit it in different places in my living room and look at it throughout the week. As long as I am happy with it, it is done.
Q: Favorite color?
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered for my color and texture. I would want people to remember having fun looking at my work.
Q: What is your favorite accomplishment?
A: One of my favorite accomplishments would be winning 2nd place at the Prairie Arts Festival last year. My grandmother, who is no longer with us, loved arts and crafts. We went to festivals growing up, but she passed away before getting to see me put my art out there. Last year was the first time I participated as a vendor and entered the art contest at the festival. It was a wonderful surprise to win and I know just how proud of me she would have been.
Q: Do you enjoy sharing your work with the public and why?
A: Yes! I absolutely love seeing the smile it brings to people's faces. Last fall I painted a utility box in downtown Columbus. As I painted people would stop and talk about what I was creating. Even now I can be downtown and hear people talking about how they love the project. It was a wonderful experience. My son even loves to point it out any time we drive by it.
Q: Do you listen to any podcasts?
A: Yes, I am currently listening to The Laura Horn Art Podcast.
Q: If you had 24 hours to live, how would you spend the day?
A: I would spend the day drinking coffee and being with my family. I would do every adventure my little boy wanted to do and get in as many snuggles as I possibly could.
Q: If you could work with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
A: Van Gogh for sure. I love his use of blues and other colors. He created a sense of texture with his art as well. I feel like he would have loved talking about his art.
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