Today my mind is on my friend, visual artist Beverly Key, who I enjoyed coffee with this morning. This post is from my original interview with her two years ago when she talked about how she works and gave some advice to young artists.
LeAnne: What are your favorite forms or methods of painting?
I've begun to do large abstract oils, and for many
years now I have been painting large abstact
landscapes on paper with watercolor, where I pour
paint through paper filters using dried beans and peas
and string for design elements. I also do collage.
LM: When did you know you wanted to paint?
BK: When I was in first
grade, I tried to sneak a box of crayons into the
grocery cart. As I was growing up I always thought of
myself as an artist. I was one of the ones in school
who was always doing the bulletin boards for the
teachers. Both my parents painted as a hobby so I grew
up with the smell of oil and turpentine. I took some classes after school with a wonderful woman,
Abbott Downing (of course, in south Alabama we called
her,"Miss Abbott"). However, I graduated from college
with a degree in special education, and thought that
would be what I would do. I taught a few years, got
married, had 2 boys and in 1986 we moved to Atlanta.
At that time, my husband and I decided to try to have another child
and I also took some art classes at the Atlanta
College of Art. Since that time I have been painting
LM: What advice do you have for young or new artists who are Christians?
BK: I would say "trust yourself". You are the
only person who will see the world the way you see it.
Take confidence in that and draw from your own
experiences. Keep working some every day. Most work
gets recognized because the artist just kept at it.