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”
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”
Online art sales are higher than ever right now, and are only predicted to grow. Something can be said about the fact that while overall art sales contracted between 2015 and 2016, online sales actually grew and now represent 7% of the total marketplace. While sales from art shows and brick-and-mortar galleries may be declining, the online marketplace remains a beacon of light for working artists who wish to stay ahead of the game.
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Q: Walk me through the typical creative process for one of your poems.
A: You asked for my typical creative process, and that varies a lot, but there are some things that are consistent. When I’m getting started, it’s not enough for me to have an idea I’m excited about; my real starting point comes when I write a first line. The meter and rhyme in a poem have to be clear from the very beginning, so that first line has to establish not only a captivating hook but also a tone that will match it and a rhythm that will propel it.
Once I’ve got that first line, I’ll play around a bit. I have some experience with improv, and this feels similar. I freestyle for a while, basically just toying with possible directions until I’ve convinced myself that there’s enough depth in this idea for me to spend time with it. I’m still not ready to commit to writing the full poem at this point, though. The last thing I need is an ending — a punchline, twist, or conclusion that makes it feel like this story was worth telling in the first place. When I’ve got my beginning and know what I’m working towards, then I start seriously writing. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Jesse Gottschalk”
Q: What does ‘being an artist’ mean to you?
A: Tough question! For me, and as a songwriter specifically, being an artist means having the courage to make the personal public and to put growth and discovery at the forefront of everything. Question yourself, wrangle with those difficult emotions, never stop learning, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because communication is crucial. Lately I’ve been think of art as a way of seeing and communicating about the world — I think perhaps a more intuitive and challenging way than most. It’s about reaching out to others and saying, “Hey, here’s what I see and feel— what about you? Please join me.” I guess being an artist is really about being vulnerable, and never quitting. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Elizabeth Williams”