Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and from the comfort of your living room couch (or take a break from your hectic day at the office) and start exploring our virtual streets filled with fine art and photography from around the world! Make sure and stop by the donut shop and enjoy a FREE donut!
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: June has arrived and summer is almost in full swing! I know I am looking forward to attending a few of those Art shows and First Friday events this summer. How about you? Do you have a favorite event/festival that is an absolute must do each year? Let us know and maybe we can highlight it in one of our upcoming issues. In the meantime, the ARt diSTriCt continues to grow and the virtual streets are ever expanding. It remains a hub of activity for its members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This week we spotlight artist Pat Saunders-White from Loveland, Colorado who states "Creativity is just the way my mind works all the time". Isn't that a great state of mind? So put on your creative hat, grab your coffee and doughnut .....let's create!
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What's your story? Please introduce yourself
My story is fairly typical for a baby boomer. I have two grown sons, am now single and support myself with my work. My time is my own now and I am very selective in how I spend it. Teaching watercolor on a few Cruise ships was exciting and I probably will do that again. I work in my home studio and am chained to my Mac.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
Creativity is just the way my mind works all the time. I see things differently than the average person and I love to brainstorm new ideas with other artists. That is why I am involved in many different projects in my community. People are attracted to others who always seem to be involved in interesting ventures.
What’s your main artistic medium? *
Since the mid-sixties when Liquitex came on the market I have used acrylic. Tried oils, but didn’t like all the chemicals involved in the process. Over the years, I have self-taught myself pastels and watercolors. To this day I combine many different mediums in my work. When it isn’t a commissioned piece, I let the painting tell me what it wants.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I used to deny having to “absolutely do” art. I had to, because raising a family, working full or part time my life was always full. My creativeness took the form of domestic art. What I mean by that ,was sewing clothes, gardening, painting and refurbishing furniture, quilting, making gifts for my family, etc. Many of my professional friends ”absolutely have to paint” but I like to balance my life out with volunteering, teaching, making art, traveling and enjoying other hobbies that bring me joy and good health.
What inspires you?
ME. When I am painting animal commissions each animal inspires me. When I teach workshops or classes at our local Museum, students inspire me. My imagination and intuition forges me ahead to try new and exciting art. Like most artists, I have read the history of art, visit museums of art and admire others that have gone before me. But there really isn’t anyone I wanted to paint similar to but maybe emulate color combinations.
Do you have a specialty?
As I have mentioned, my specialty is animal commissions. I have been painting them for 18 years and enjoy a good following of repeat customers. The reason I paint animals is to motivate emotions of the heart that my pets have awakened in me over the years. They also don’t complain if there nose looks too large.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Perhaps photography, but finding new mediums to try like Kroma Crackle always peak my experimental nature for new forms of art.
Art should make people happy. Whether they own it or just like looking at it. I try to make myself and others smile and be happy when they look at my animal work. The abstracts I create are for those people who want to find meaning in a painting. They don’t have to try and understand what I was striving for, but they see something they are drawn to and they can use their own minds to interpret what they see.
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
Over the years I have collected, been given, scrounged garage and store sales to build my inventory of equipment and tools. Some I have kept, some given away and some sold. Occasionally, I have been lucky enough to win gift certificates for products. My most used tool is my mat cutter and an old fashioned paper cutter.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
Gosh, there are a lot of things over the years. Most of my paintings are meant to leave home, just like your kids. I do have a very large and boldly colored mask whose open mouth includes several baby teeth from my boys. I always get a kick out of it. Right now I would have to say my 100 year old house is one of my favorite creations. I always carve out time from my studio work to improve it to make it cozy and warm for all that come and visit.
What advice do you have for budding artists and photographers?
From the beginning my aim was to receive monthly income checks from my art. I quickly lost the interest in dropping my work off at a Gallery and keeping my fingers crossed. I had worked for other businesses and had one of my own for several years (not in the field of art) and honed my intuition for business. The left side of my brain was developed from a young age and I knew I had to put the effort in to gain the exposure I needed. My advice is not to “buy into” the personality traits the public thinks of when you say you are an artist. Always dress for success, have business cards ready and be able to speak about what you do. I have never worked harder for anyone else than I do for myself. Every course I have ever taken relates to my chosen profession so don’t dismiss your studies as being superfluous.
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
Be healthy, be smart, love deeply and travel.
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