Tell us about yourself!
I grew up around my family's picture frame shop and saw so many amazing works of art as a child. The dream of becoming an artist was always there, but first I chose college and ten years of commercial picture framing. That's when I began painting in my free time and made the connections I needed to bring my art into public view.
What are your favorite materials right now?
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors, Stonehenge Hotpress paper, and a 2" flat wash brush that I "texturized" by randomly trimming some of the bristles.
When did you decide to become an artist?
I entered a few juried art shows on Maui which led to a chance to be in the Makawao Paint Out Invitational in 2008. I said "Yes" and spent an exhilarating week painting around Haleakala with a terrific group of artists. Suddenly my work was on display with the pros, and I felt that the world wanted to hear my unique "voice" in art.
Were you encouraged to follow your dreams and create for a living?
I'm grateful for my family's support and other artists who showed me how to balance creativity with the business of art. Some of those artists are also generous teachers who shared their greatest discoveries and encouraged my growth.
Is there a single purpose that keeps you focused?
It's the joy of experimentation and allowing myself to ask, "I wonder what would happen if..."
What about your medium makes you keep going back? What makes you stick with it?
Watercolor paintings are simply luminous, and I feel safe using watercolors around my kids. Also, the weaving process can move anywhere within the house which allows me to create in spite of all the daily interruptions.
Is there something that the world should know about you and/ or the work that you do?
My method of making art uses minimal VOCs which protects my health and causes the least environmental harm. (Custom framing can involve chemicals and lots of waste. Despite our efforts to conserve, we sent so many barrels of plexi glass, foam board and spray cans to the landfill when I worked in the frame shop.) I always wished I could present my art in a more earth-friendly way and now I can!
What's your biggest challenge as a maker?
Sneaking off to my art studio when my three boys are home from school!
What's on your current music rotation while creating?
John Mayer, Ryan Farish and Classical for Work Radio on Pandora.
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Images by: Caprice Nicole & Chelsea Bryce