How long have you been writing/ illustrating?
I started making art as a child sitting through long Sunday sermons, drawing on the back of church bulletins under the watchful “don’t squirm” eye of my mom (personally I think pews are made for squirming). My first painting was bought (and therefore my beginning as a “professional artist”) came in highschool when a guy who owned a local restaurant and hired me to paint some paintings to put inside his antique frames to hang in his restaurant. It marked my most lucrative financial year as a painter until only just recently now some 30 years later…sigh.
When you aren’t illustrating/writing, what might we find you doing?
When I’m not painting I am flying through life as a designer for print and web. Sometimes the nerdy coder and sometimes the “we don’t get it but it looks good” designer. I also love to garden…or at least dig in dirt…
Who influenced you as a writer/illustrator?
Well…some of the artists I love include William Turner, John Singer Sargeant, Mark Rothko and Makomoto Fujimura (he’s actually still alive and you can see his work at http://www.makotofujimura.com/). All these artists have an amazing sense of light that I love to float in. There are also a lot of other artists I like including what is happening among environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy.
What is your current project?
I’m currently preparing for a solo exhibition that at the moment is called “Journey Along The Golden Thread”..,the title may change but I’m thinking a lot about journeys and passages these days as I paint.
What books are on your nightstand?
I just began reading Nueromancer by William Gibson. One of his first books, written in 1984, now thought of as a cyber-punk sci-fi novel…credited for the coining of the term “cyber-space”.
Where do you find inspiration?
The biggest influencer of my creativity on earth is probably THE earth and all the amazing things that happen on it. As a kid I would spend hours looking at the way the light works it way through layers of leaves on the trees and I still find myself being amazed at how beautiful that is. I understand why there are so many stories written about rabbits as I sit and watch the life patterns of the ones that have made my own backyard a lattice work of underground havens. I can barely make it through my morning walk into work without stopping to take a pictures of crack in the concrete opened up under the force of tiny seedling sprouts.
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? As an adult? Any particular genre stand out?
As a child I was a bit Dr. Seuss fan…not to read but have read to me…I loved the way my mom’s voice would move with the rhythm of the words. As a teen I read pretty much everything but that’s when I got into sci-fi and biographies.
Favorite time of the day to work?
7pm – midnight
Chocolate: white, dark, or milk?
Coffee or tea or —?
Milk….not a caffeine girl
Dance : Funky chicken or the tango?
I like to sway to the beat.
Thank you, Bobbette. If you would like to bid on “Nested”, you will find it here.