Question and Answer Sessions

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We are excited to present Question and Answer Sessions with local artists!

Our current Question & Answer Session is with Dustin Burgert

Question 1: What is your most significant inspiration?
Answer 1: The idea that all life is connected.
Question 2: List three artists you most admire.
Answer 2: I admire all artists.
RENE MAGRITTE, DAVID HOCKNEY, HENRI ROUSSEAU
Question 3: How did you start artmaking?
Answer 3: Early childhood. It is a means of understanding the world around me.
Question 4: What is your favorite artwork you’ve created and why?
Answer 4: Mostly they are all favorites. I see the body of work as a whole and each painting as a chapter depicting a moment in time.
Question 5: What is your proudest moment as an artist?
Answer 5: Pride is a funny thing. I acknowledge myself for my perseverance, self-discipline and adherence to purpose, but I owe my success to being able to connect with and guided by a higher intelligence. I am rewarded when someone feels that connection when they experience my work.
Question 6: What are some of your recent accomplishments?
Answer 6: Sales to clinics in New York, California and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Rental of work to several TV shows. Show at MSU Brick City Gallery.
Question 7: What is your favorite artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Answer 7: Large crank easel, 4’ x 6’ table, good natural light.
Question 8: How has your work changed since you’ve been creating?
Answer 8: It is a slow progression towards better skills and ideas.
Question 9: Why art?
Answer 9: I listened to the inner voice. I think it was programed in my DNA to be my job.
Question 10: Do you do anything special to get your “creative juices” flowing?
Answer 10: Creativity for me is always flowing, like water pulsing out of a hose. It is a thrill to focus it into appropriate forms.
Dustin Burgert

Question 1: What is your most significant inspiration?

Answer 1: Music, loud music!

Question 2: List three artists you most admire.

Answer 2: I admire most artists but have no favorites.

Question 3: How did you start artmaking?

Answer 3: An Artist friend inspired me to channel my creative side into painting.

Question 4: What is your favorite artwork you’ve created and why?

Answer 4: My favorite art usually always happens to be art that takes almost no time to create.

Question 5: What is your proudest moment as an artist?

Answer 5: Going into someone’s house I didn’t know before hand and seeing my art on the wall.

Question 6: What are some of your recent accomplishments?

Answer 6: Making it to 2019!

Question 7: What is your favorite artist tool?

Answer 7: My hands seem pretty important!

Question 8: How has your work changed since you’ve been creating?

Answer 8: It has evolved in every aspect, from the materials to technique to myself.

Question 9: Do you do anything special to get your “creative juices” flowing?

Answer 9: They just have to want to flow sometimes. But it’s never a bad idea to spend time with people that inspire you.

Question 10: Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Answer 10: MUSIC!

Question 11: Why art?

Answer 11: Because art can be so many things to so many people. It’s also nice to know something I create will last long after I’m gone.

local artist lil olive portrait

Question & Answer Session with Lil Olive below

Question 1: What is your most significant inspiration?

Answer 1: My most significant inspiration is the beauty I find in the natural world.

Question 2: List three artists you most admire.

Answer 2: Three Artists I admire most, it’s hard to pick I have so many! Casper David Friedrich, J.M.W. Turner, and present day Julie Heffernan.

Question 3: How did you start artmaking?

Answer 3: I began drawing as a young girl to escape the chaos of a large family.

Question 4: What is your favorite artwork you’ve created and why?

Answer 4: My favorite artwork is always the one I’m working on, it’s sort of like a romance.

Question 5: What is your proudest moment as an artist?

Answer 5: My proudest moment as an artist is when I hear my kids brag about me.

Question 6: What are some of your recent accomplishments?

Answer 6: My most recent accomplishment was being accepted to a national art exhibit.

Question 7: What is your favorite artist tool?

Answer 7: My favorite artist tool is my cell phone. I look up images, ideas, I photograph my work as it progresses and can see things I don’t catch with the naked eye.

Question 8: How has your work changed since you’ve been creating?

Answer 8: My work has changed in that I am mixing more abstract elements with representational ones.

Question 9: Do you do anything special to get your “creative juices” flowing?

Answer 9: All I have to do to get my creative juices flowing is enter my studio and smell the paint, then I can’t wait to start painting.