Before we talk about your studio, tell us abour yourself as an artist.
My work is focused on the figure. I have tried all sorts of subject matter and they all lead me back to the figure. I love to paint with oil paints on wood panel. For my technique, I researched old master painters because I loved their luminous quality and wanted the same affect in mine. So basically, I love the old techniques and materials but like to paint the figure in a more contemporary fashion.
Where is your studio located?
At home. Several years back we converted half of our two car garage into my studio space. The other half we converted into my workshop for building frames and it also has some storage space for other things. Having my studio at home is perfect for me because time for me is tight because I am a mom. It helps me balance my load between work and family.
What are the most important elements of your studio?
My stereo system! I LOVE listening to my music while I paint. I do not focus as well when its really quiet. I have music everywhere I go. Then there is my brushes, paints and easel, all important elements of my studio.
How do you handle storage?
Storage is always a challenge since I like to paint large paintings on wood panel. I hang paintings on the walls of my home. That’s a great way to show friends and family your latest work that is not on exhibit (yet!). I also have extra designated storage space in my basement. In my actual studio space, I have metal shelves that I store other canvas and paper works.
Any tips for studio organization?
Shelving, bins and old cans. I have lots of metal shelving I use for storage which helps to keep my main work area free from supplies. It also keeps it all up and dry. I love to collect vintage and antique bins to store paints, dropcloths and other work items in. Then there are the collectible tins I love to keep my paintbrushes in. Those are wonderful because I love to collect them but still have a great use for them.
What advice would you give to a new artist?
Patience. I can not stress that enough. I have met so many new artists that are in such a hurry to finish their artwork. Sometimes in a single day or a few hours. It took me awhile to develop the patience but I learned that my work was so much better when I took my time with it.
Any favorite books you like to keep in your studio library?
My art history books. Those are what I turn to the most for inspiration. I have all my favorites like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Titian. I also have some less specific books that have lots of artists in them. I have one filled with Baroque paintings that I absolutely love! I also have one about Artemesia Gentileschi that I am crazy about. If I am stuck on something I turn to them for inspiration. I leaf through the pages and then there is that….aha!…moment and I am off composing and painting.
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