My creative process mostly takes place at my home and studio on the middle of 10 acres of magical pine woods in the Wisconsin countryside. Every morning, I begin my day by sipping lemon water and journaling, followed by a big mug of black coffee. On days that I paint, I then head into the studio and work all day, pausing for lunch and a walk in the woods.
Every painting begins with a background. This process is fun and exhilarating, where I get out all of my emotions and play. I work on many paintings at once, so when I’m stuck on a character, I’ll often go back to this background painting process to loosen up and paint more freely again.
My canvases take a few days to add the background and first layers, and several weeks to complete the character and finished piece. As one background dries, I start a character on another piece. But once I find a character and connect with the painting, I keep working on it until it resonates with my heart.
I feel being an artist is about living creatively, so I spend most of my time thinking about painting and storytelling and being inspired by the world around me, which then gets infused into my artwork, stories and anything else I create, whether that involves painting, writing or tasks for the administrative side of my business. That way every experience becomes fuel for my creative process – new paintings and next creative projects.
While I moved to the country to be closer to nature, I’ve been able to afford travelling the world several times a year to soak up additional inspiration, artwork and new stories that also become essential to the evolution of my creative process and artistic style.
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