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 Kat Allie

Question 1: What is your most significant inspiration?

Answer 1: The need to create.  My imagination needs my hands to make things.

Question 2: List six artists you most admire.

Answer 2: Artists + Art Educators:  Marjorie Schick, Sharon Harper, Sarah PerkinsFamous Artists:  Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent VanGogh.

Question 3: How did you start artmaking?

Answer 3: I have always loved creating and using my imagination.  However, it wasn’t until the age of 28 that I decided to go back to college and major in ART, (my first degree was in Speech-Language-Hearing Pathology).  I think the need to actively create became a realization at this time in my life.  I started “artmaking” when I began to listen to my soul.

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

Answer 4: “Escaping Neverland” is one of my favorite pieces because I embedded my daughter’s old costume princess sleeping beauty dress into the background of the encaustic medium.  The painting is very symbolic of her childhood and the pure joy she brings into my life.

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

Answer 5: I think I’m still working on this.  As a selling artist, I remember exhibiting during an Art Walk at the Randy Bacon Monarch Art Factory in 2007, and towards the end of the evening, someone told me that a couple of guys, (Nathan and J.), who were new owners of an interior design place down the street, had just purchased a whole wall of my paintings!  My jaw dropped!  That was truly a boost to my confidence and I think one of the big facilitators in my selling career.  As a teaching artist, I’m really proud at the end of each semester as I watch my students’ final painting critiques.  They accomplish so much in 16 weeks and I love to watch their growth and success.

Question 6: What are some of your recent accomplishments?

Answer 6: I made it through a total hip replacement exactly one year ago and have come out the other side stronger than I was before.  In every way.

Question 7: What is your favorite artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Answer 7: I LOVE working with encaustic medium and the tools and materials it entails.  I can’t live without beeswax, resin, heat guns, propane torches, electric skillets, good ventilation, and lighting.  

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

Answer 8: I think my work has evolved a lot.  I continue to learn from the painting process and understand what I am doing and why I am doing it.  I enjoy experimenting with mixed media and I usually don’t feel complete unless I’m trying something new or approaching a technique in a new way.

Question 9: Why art?

Answer 9: I think a certain part of a deep passion for something is genetic.  I’ve also realized that my creative mind seems to be in high-gear and I have a need for pretty constant movement.  I have learned through life experiences that creating art and teaching others how to create art, is truly what makes me feel whole and gives my soul peace.

Question 10: Do you do anything special to get your “creative juices” flowing?

Answer 10: Focusing my mind on the action of painting helps to block out unwanted noise and I have also created a certain ritual for myself.  Putting on my overalls and finding the right pair of socks generally means business.  Good music such as the Foo Fighters helps keep the groove going.

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.