Have you heard of Sarah Boyts Yoder? Well if you haven’t, you should. Her work is fun and bold. Her larger works become meditative; they are playful, balanced and engaging. Her repetitive lines and recurring imagery, paired with her color palette, creates a unique and impressive style. One day I will have a piece by her hanging in my home. That is a promise. So needless to say, when she asked me to participate in an artist blog hop, I was more than willing. I’ll answer a few creative questions about my work and then link to three other inspiring artists—-who will hopefully do the same! But first, here are a few of my favorites from Sarah.
How does my creative process work?
I look at images constantly. I have art, photographs, postcards, random cutouts, pretty much anything you can think of, hung and taped up all over our house. I look at children’s picture books, art books, images online. I people watch. I look at nature and architecture. This might sound cliché, but I love imagery and find inspiration from any and everything. I look for stories in everything I see, and when I find one that’s evocative enough, I translate it.
My current photographic body of work, Quiet Spaces, is centered around the different spaces in our home. Once I have an image in mind, I remove everything from the space. Sometimes I know exactly how I want my husband, my model, to be positioned. Other times I’ll leave him alone for a few minutes to naturally settle in and I’ll come back unannounced.
My painting process is different because it’s a completely different medium. The starting point is different every time, as well. It could be anything from a color scheme, face, or movement in a tree that launches the idea. I always play around with sketches and have an idea before it starts. No matter how planned out the painting is, it always grows and evolves into something different. Often times it’s from making “mistakes” that really turn out to be better than the original idea.
How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
Well, I’m not really sure what genre my paintings fall in. I’ve always joked that my favorite part of any painting is applying the gesso (primer). I like the physicality of it. How I imagine myself painting and actually paint are very different from each other. Ideally, I would love to have a gigantic canvas where I could use you full arm brush strokes to apply paint in a very raw and organic way. I guess the result is a very mixed style of painting. There are very detailed, realistic areas paired against thick layers of bold colors. My style is really just a collision of how I like to paint and the only way I can translate my stories. If I could verbalize them, they’d come in paper or hard back.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on more portraits for a show in December. I started this body of work about six months ago, so I still have lots of exploring to do. I’m also writing a children’s picture book with my husband.
Why do you do what you do?
Making art makes me happy, so I make it. When I was in high school I wanted to be a poetry professor. By the time I started college, the mind behind the poetry interested me more and I wanted to study psychiatry. After two years of being a biology major, I realized that my studies were more factual than romantic and interpretive. I switched my major to studio arts and here we are. No matter what you make, when you’re done, something exists that didn’t before hand. I love that. It’s addicting and satisfying. Creating also forces you to constantly look at everything in a different way. It keeps your imagination big and your heart young. It eventually becomes who you are, not just something you do.
Okay, now it’s my turn! These are the three amazing ladies I want to hear from.
Sophie Treppendahl (www.sophiemargrette.com)
Sophie uses a thick application of paint to create quiet scenes of ambiguity. Her color palette, shadows, subject matter and choice of composition all come together to ignite a curiosity and longing for an otherwise monotonous moment. Like Edward Hopper’s works, they are paintings I could sit with for hours.
Nina Garner (http://www.ninagarner.com)
I fell in love with Nina’s work years ago after seeing her work at Rick Rhodes Gallery. She is a mixed media artist and film photographer who beautifully pairs photographs with delicate keep sakes, books, and objects from nature. The profound intricacy of her pieces transforms seemingly simple moments into precious ones.
Chloe Gilstrap (https://www.behance.net/ChloeGilstrap)
I had the pleasure of meeting Chloe through mutual friends after we both had graduated from the College of Charleston. Chloe’s work is ethereal, raw, and haunting. Her commitment to a natural process reveals a powerful, unembellished image that depicts a reality slightly outside of consciousness.
Thanks again to Sarah Boyts Yoder for the invitation to this blog hop!
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