What kind of art do you do?
Drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics.
How long have you been doing it?
I was raised in a family of artists, so when I was growing up the creative side of my brain was always running. At a very young age I would spend most of my week either knee-deep in clay or with paintbrush in hand. However, I never considered my pleasurable pastime to become a way of life. Art is now my way of life.
How did you learn how to do what you do?
My parents are both artists, so they have always given me constructive criticism on my work. However, this body of work came from the knowledge I gained from my printmaking professor The´Nguyen. He showed me a multitude of techniques, which I expanded on with my own creativity. As an artist I am aware of my surroundings and am constantly learning from the environment in which I live.
What subject matter do you tend to focus on, consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously?
I am an artist who is stimulated by the nostalgic memories of my past. Through my art I am continually exploring the moments of my innocence, realizing they cannot be relived but somehow remembered. I tend to focus on my color palette, and I analyze how color effects human emotions. My color palette changes depending on how I want the viewers to see my work.
What gets you in the mood to create?
Music always puts me in the mood to create. If I can blast some Arcade Fire or Thom Yorke, I know it is going to be a good session of creating.
What are your favorite mediums to work with?
I honestly like working in all mediums. If it is something I have not tried, I will try it. However, the mediums I work with most are etching inks, acrylics and watercolor.
What was your hardest piece/project, and why?
The hardest work I created was a life-size resemblance of the “Modern Man.” This work contained two nine-foot prints back to back that hung from the middle of a gallery ceiling. It was extremely difficult to run through the press simply because the fabric I was printing on was a lot bigger than what the press would allow. I had to get creative with folding the fabric and printing in sections, but the end result was extremely satisfying.
What is your favorite piece/project, and why?
I admire all my works for different reasons, whether I am dealing with the process or the product. They are all a part of my artistic being. My most recent work that I became fond of is entitled “Other Half.” This mixed media piece consists of two figures morphed together using ripped text, acrylic paint, wire, plastic tubing and string. This work was gratifying because I felt I successfully conveyed what I was trying to express.
Do you plan on using your talents to make a profit?
I do plan on creating art for a living. I am currently getting my teaching credentials in art education, and plan to become a high school art teacher. Art is my way of life so I will continue creating till the day I die.
For more information, Loni can be contacted at loni.michelle (at) yahoo (dot) com.