Sas, do you remember the moment or piece that defined how you are recognized as an artist today?
Ooh, I would say it would be “Saturday Night Sunday Morning”. It was a painting of a crying girl removing her makeup. It seemed to connect with many people and communicated many of the ideas I had started painting for – emotions, strength, frailty.
Were you big into painting or illustration as a child? If so, did you have anyone mentoring or pushing you in that direction?
I used to draw all the time growing up, pencil on paper. I’ve always been into figurative art. It wasn’t until I was in my 30′s that I began painting. I taught myself. I was very self motivated which was just as well as I had no family support growing up.
What sort of toys or figures do you remember playing with as a kid? Do any of them inspire your works today?
You know, I didn’t really play with toys. I spent a lot of time drawing, playing the piano and riding my bike. I did see a doll a friend of mine had which had anime eyes – I found it very striking and the memory of it remains with me this day.
Can you speak on your creative process when putting together a new piece? Do you let ideas or basic forms just come together? Are you more highly-detailed and really plan it out? Or do you just go for it and start creating?
I’m often inspired by films, music and words. Often ideas come to me in a flash. I used to do a rough sketch and then get going, allowing the painting to unfold but these days I prefer to plan it out completely so I know exactly what I’m doing.
What is it like having a partner-in-art that is also your husband?
Oh it’s wonderful. To have someone who is creative and that understands the creative process is so important to me. He’s my sternest critic and my most ardent supporter. We will often “talk shop”, it’s just so natural.
As an artist, I’m sure you’ve experienced a creative block or two. (haha) When that happens for you, what do you do to shake it off and keep designing?
I know all about creative blocks! Do I ever. When left to my own devices I can end up tying myself in knots over it. My method to try and shake it off usually involves trying to concentrate on something entirely different. I try to clear my mind by reading a good book, watching movies, taking the dogs for a walk. I find when I stop trying so hard to think of something, I relax, and this in turn helps images come to mind. Stress and time constraints are a real inspiration killer.
Who or what are you currently inspired by?
Right now I’m very inspired by avant garde fashion, architecture and the films of director Wong Kar Wai. He created beautiful films such as “In the Mood for Love” and “2046″. He’s an emotional director with an eye for beauty and an interest in the little things – a raised eyebrow, a tilt of the head. It’s the small and subtle things of life. We share that love.
Name five things that are currently within arms reach on your desk or workspace.
Paintbrushes, pencils, computer, iPod, and orange juice.
Is there any advice you can give our readers about illustration or painting techniques?
I suppose I would suggest that practice makes perfect. I’m not a naturally-blessed draftsman; however, I have great reserves of patience and a thirst for knowledge and I use that to my advantage. There are so many questions easily answered with some dedicated online research.
What are you up to in 2013?
I’m busy creating new pieces and will have some new giclees up for sale in the near future.