Who ART You? 30
Meet artist Fanta Watson. She is a friend from Boulder that has always inspired me with her art and her willingness to push the boundaries and think outside the box. We were in a painting class, (maybe my first) and as I painted away in a neutral color palette, she asked if she could add a pop of color and a bold outline to part of my form. I said, “Eeeek, yes,” but defintiely with a bit of hesitation. In one swift movement she made her marks, teaching me the art of a pop, and took my painting from drab to something exciting. I always try to include a pop, no matter how small. Thanks Fanta!
Who ART You?
How did you grow up?
I grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico with my twin brother. My father was the curator at The Folk Art Museum . My mother died when we were two . We were Hippies.
I became an artist because……
Growing up everyone around me was an artist, potter, poete, musician, collector or craftsmen. I think art was ingrained in us.
What brought you to art?
I have always worked with clay , but, I surrender to the need to let it all out with paint on canvas. I like to work large and colorful .
Describe your favorite art piece that you had trouble letting go.
I know there are more, but one that comes to mind is a sugar bowl I made like a Fagberge egg. I still wish I had kept it !
If you could come back and live as any artist, (alive or dead) who would it be & why?
I don’t want to be anyone else. I love how artist don’t have to suffer or be tortured anymore and…..There aint nobody like me!
Who, what influences your art?
Everything , everybody and a lot of nature!
What has art taught you?
My art has given me a level of confidence that I never had when I was youger . Oh wait , maybe it’s menopause
Favorite/best resources as an artist?
Youtube and museums
What becomes a magical instrument in your hands?
What medium do you use? Why?
I use clay because its life , earth and primal , and paint because it’s beautiful and fluid.
What is your favorite subject matter?
Water and form
What are you still hoping to learn?
OMG … so much !
When I think of art, I ………….
Get excited and need more time.
A defining moment in my life was when………..
A friend asked me to put some painting in her store .. and they sold!
Best advice I ever got about art or being an artist was……..
Make art first , do chores later.
Do you have a ritual or practice any creative activities before you make art? If so, what is it?
Music ., Plug in the tunes!
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