1. Where and how would you display your work in an ideal situation?
In a perfect situation, I would display my work in a few different galleries that could sell my work consistently. I think my art would appeal to a wide audience. I would also sell prints of my "Rescue Animals" series in gift shops to raise money for homeless animals.
2. If expository writing is good at elucidating and proving a point and
descriptive geometry gives us the tools by which to map objects in space
in relation to one another, what kind of an apparatus does art afford us?
What does art do best?
Art gives us so many things. First, it gives us beauty and visual stimulation. Without art and design, the man made world would be very dull to look at. Secondly, it gives people a different way to use their mind than everyday tasks demand. While I was teaching art, I realized how much it differs from other subjects kids learn in school. They are free to explore their own ideas and have to problem-solve in a visual way. There is also no right or wrong answer. The only mandate is to please yourself or your audience. (Being satisfied with their own work was very hard for some kids because they wanted to please me and asked my opinion of their work all the time.) As for myself, art offers me an escape from my everyday tasks of a stay-at-home mom and a way to release my need to create. It allows me to explore my interests in a field where there is enormous room for developing a style and interests as an artist.
3. What can you expect from your audience/fans/viewing public? What would you
like them to know about your work?
Perhaps I am a bit jaded, but I do not expect much from my viewing public. I have done outdoor art fairs and generally received nice comments, but I learned not to expect anything. You never know who will buy and who will just talk. I would like people to know just how hard it is to be an accomplished artist, and how hard most artists work at their craft. I would like the general public to be more appreciative of artists. I would also like to spread the word that there is a lot of art out there - especially from emerging artists - that is affordable.
4. Marcel Duchamp said - "Enough with retinal art!" What is your reaction as an artist to this statement?
I appreciate Duchamp's contribution to art history, but I like "retinal art." I like things that look nice or interesting. I want everything I create to be pleasing to the eye, regardless of the message. That said, the great thing about art is that there is room for many different styles.
5. Do you think that there is still room for art movements in today's
I'm sure 100 years from now an art historian will see movements. I see them when I look at magazines, although what I note are more like trends. One artist starts painting doughnuts - then soon you see paintings of doughnuts and other sweets everywhere. Will this be known as the Doughnut Period and be equated to America's obesity issue?
6. What is one question you wished we had asked you about your art? Please
feel free to answer it.
Not sure, but I know I don't want to be asked how long it takes me to complete a painting.