–Don’t forget! The Summer Doldrums contest – Art or craft… It’s fun to share your stuff!–
Let’s get the basic dull stuff out of the way. In 3 sentences or less, what do you do, how long have you been doing it, do you do it full time, and how did you get started?
I am a full time Illustrator and Artist living in Ontario Canada. I have been into art my whole life but just started working on it full time over the last few years. I used to do work through word of mouth and through various people in the business but since the world wide web you can work with anyone in the world and not even have to meet your clients. I started by setting up a web site and getting a bunch of on-line portfolios set up. Most recently my agent located me on Jacketflap and started communicating with me. He loved my work so much he took me on and I am fully represented by him now.
Your work is so fun and lively! What mediums do you create your art in? (Yes, I know i ended the sentence in a preposition)
My work is an escape from the everyday and it is so much fun to create without thinking about anything else at that moment. I work traditionally with pen and paper…something about the tacit feeling of it…and then I scan my work and color it digitally because I love the clean and bright feel of working this way. I also work with watercolor and acrylic paints and various other mediums as I discover them in my studio.
You seem to have a passion for sweets… do you cook as well as draw delectable edibles?
I have a passion for everything food. When I started my blog as a daily look into the life of an artist and illustrator I took special requests for food treats. I called this my “Yummy Sketch of the Day” series. I love food and I am addicted to baking special treats, especially cupcakes. You will find numerous food illustrations in my portfolio. I love to cook and bake and eat. Cooking to me is so much fun and so relaxing.
How many hours a day do you spend creating art? on the internet? chasing kids?
I spend about 4 – 8 hours a day creating art. I spend about 3 hours a day on-line updating my site, checking e-mails and learning new things. We have a son who is 2 and he is all over the place. He loves to draw and paint and spend a lot of time outside and I am with him through his adventures. I spend anywhere from 3-4 hours outdoors gardening, swimming, playing and creating. Life is truly a gift.
What’s your ideal down-time scenario?
I enjoy traveling to our family cottages and enjoying water sports. That is the ideal down time for me, but I still bring along my sketch book and create new things. It is what I feel happy doing.
The only down time I schedule in each and every day is an hour for my soap opera…”the young and the restless” It is something I enjoy watching and it gives me a breather. Everyone who knows me thinks that I have way too many things on the go, but the truth is that is the way I like it.
Can you pick your 3 current favorite artists, either classic or current?
Mannerism movement – Michelangelo Buonarroti – He was a true master in painting. I think he was the closest any painter got to God. His work is amazing and the fact that he painted ceilings blows my mind…
Surreal Movement – Salvador Dali – I was a true follower of his work and was amazed at the wonderful surreal and impressionistic work he created. I mimicked some of his style in the late 80’s and early 90’s…my high school and college days
Art Nouveux movement – Gustav Klimt – I was addicted to his work because of his “tree of life piece” and the fact that he founded the movement that enabled so many young artists to have a chance in a conservative art world.
I also have numerous wonderful illustrators that I admire and you can find their links on my blog.
You seem like such a nice person! Is it because you’re Canadian?
Thank you for that…but I think being nice is so much more easier then being mean…and I try to be positive each and every day and I hope that it rubs off on people. I think one of the most important things I have learned over the last few years is that when things happen we can’t change the fact that they happened, but we can decide whether we dwell over the negative or pick up the pieces and move onto better things….I used to have a short temper but I learned that was wasted energy for me. I also think we attract more positive things by being positive.
Thanks so much to Diana for sharing a little about her work and life! Loving what you do is always inspiring!