-Where do you go to print your original artwork?
I actually print right here at home! My father happens to be the king of printers and I use a couple of his to print. I highly recommend printing artwork in your own home if you are able to.
-Best advice for a beginning artist trying to develop his/her style?
This is a great question. I think it's extremely important to find your own style. Finding inspiration from other artists or the living things around you is a good way to start. There is a huge difference between finding inspiration and just plain copying other artists - crucial. As a full-time artist and I find other aspiring artists that trace my work, call it their own and sell it is a big no-no in the art world. If you copy someone's work and are proud of accomplishing it - own it! But, credit the artist you drew inspiration from. And then stem from there. Branch off from tracing and following other's work and try your own twist and don't be afraid to create something on your own. It could end up being your best piece yet. That is exactly how you find yourself as an artist. I couldn't be more passionate about this subject!
-Are you planning any workshops or classes?
I've thought about this many times. I've never done one before, so I'd like to do some research on the best way to go about it. I also moved to Texas recently, so I'm curious how many people out here would attend. Next time we visit Utah, I'd love to do something similar to this! So keep your eyes and ears close :)
-What is your favorite time of day to work on art and what kind of workspace do you have?
I definitely rely on 100% natural light so my prime time is 8am to 4pm to paint. Sometimes life get's in the way and I have to paint at hours that aren't ideal, but I do it anyway, of course! My workspace changes a lot since I don't have my own personal studio (yet!) So some days it's my bedroom floor or my kitchen table. Definitely not glamorous at all, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
-How did you learn watercolor and illustration?
I've self taught almost every single thing I have ever created. I'm a little hard headed when it comes to being taught (which is ironic because i've taught children for years!), I'd just rather learn on my own. There's a lot of trial and error that comes with being self taught, but I love to challenge myself. Creating things and learning them on my own is just in my blood somehow. But I'd definitely recommend going to classes and being professionally taught if it doesn't come natural to you! I'm don't do things the normal way, do whatever suits you.
-What is your favorite genre of music?
If I can't say Christmas music... then I'd say jazz, hands down. I've always told my parents, I was meant to be born in the 20's so I could live through the 50's with Frank Sinatra. But I have an extremely colorful taste in music - I don't discriminate. I can hang with just about any genre, honestly!
Thank you for all your interest in my work - it helps me want to succeed and do bigger and better things each day <3