Artist Interview: Wen Yu, Traveler and Arts Organizer

Wen Yu grew up in Suzhou, China, where she earned her B.A. in Visual Communication. After finding inspiration in a graphic design internship, Wen moved to San Francisco to further pursue her love of art. This is where she first developed her interest in cityscapes and urbanization, which you can find present in her mixed media works. Now she’s an arts administrator who helps create international art organizations. Learn more about these organizations, her inspiration, and her travels, below: Continue reading “Artist Interview: Wen Yu, Traveler and Arts Organizer”

Artist Interview: Rebecca Perea-Kane, Jewelry Designer and Poet

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Charlottesville based jewelry designer Rebecca Perea-Kane. Rebecca crafts delicate jewelry inspired by nature, casting many of her pieces directly from found botanical objects (see her “Hollowed Red Oak Acorn” necklace). In addition to jewelry design, she also harbors a passion for writing, having earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia.  Without further ado, here’s our conversation: Continue reading “Artist Interview: Rebecca Perea-Kane, Jewelry Designer and Poet”

Artist Interview: Renée Caouette, Emerging Contemporary Painter

Artist Interview with Renee Caouette | StoriesToArt

If you haven’t heard of Renée Caouette, we suspect you will soon. Her contemporary classical oil paintings have been starting impassioned conversations all around the art world.

Taking cues from her classical training, Renée has found a way of utilizing the skill and precision of the old masters to depict contemporary imagery that expresses both universal themes and deeply intimate experiences. In our interview with the artist, Renee reveals her creative process, sources of inspiration, and most prized works. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Renée Caouette, Emerging Contemporary Painter”

Artist Interview: Padmaja Madhu, Poetic Landscape Painter

I am incredibly excited to have interviewed artist Padmaja Madhu. Padmaja is a painter originally from Bangalore, India who began her artist journey by painting scenes from Hindu mythology. Now living in the U.S., her focus has switched to landscapes, which she depicts in impressionist, expressionist, and abstract styles.

 

As both an artist from India, where women are generally encouraged to take on more traditional professions, and a landscape painter with strong narrative sensibilities, Padmaja’s story made for a very exciting interview. Enjoy!

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Artist Interview: Serena Stevens

Q: Your work is based on re-contextualizing found and personal images. What is your process for finding images?
A: I have always been a collector. Throughout my life I have gathered photographs, magazine articles, tchotchkes, stickers… so many things. My childhood bedroom walls were covered with Starburst wrappers and ransom-note-style poetry. Mentors and friends have given me stacks of magazines—old and new, and my mom is a great resource, sending me thrift store and yard sale oddities that are sweet, funny or disturbing, as well as scrapbooks, postcards, and family heirlooms recovered from the depths of former home basements and garages. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Serena Stevens”