When did you first become interested in art?
I was always interested in art. I remember being in preschool where I loved finger painting and sidewalk chalk drawing.
What style of art do you use most?
I feel this is a silly question sometimes because as artists we do a lot of exploring and have many stages of creativity that do not always fit into a category of style. I would consider my work a blend of different styles.
Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?
My style has definitely changed over the years. I have become more interested in different mediums and methods of application that challenge my abilities as an artist.
What medium do you use?
I mainly work in acrylics, artist markers and ink.
What made you choose that medium?
I love the feel of acrylics on canvas. Sometimes I use this medium using other utilities including my fingers.
Do your ideas come from life or imagination?
Both, but mostly my imagination. I will get an image in my head that will not go away until I reproduce it either on canvas or on paper.
How do you choose your images and colors?
Many images accumulate in my head. Sometimes they stay inside for years before I decide to let it out, most often the colors are determined by the visual I have of the piece. Other times the colors come as I prepare my canvas or come to me during the process of creation of a piece.
Do you work in a studio?
I work at home in a small studio. My pets keep me company as I listen to music while I paint. I have plants to give me the feel of nature close by.
Who is your favorite artist?
There are so many great artists that it is difficult to choose just one. I do love Georgia O’Keefe’s work, I admire Frida Kahlo de Rivera and I am fascinated with Leonardo da Vinci.
What is your favorite piece of work by yourself?
I would have to say Candy. Painting Candy was fluid, took a very short period of time to complete because the painting took over me and seemed to produce itself. This particular painting process was very free spirited and included using my fingers.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
On average, I would have to say a month to complete a painting from beginning to end.
How well do you take criticism?
As long as criticism is constructive I receive it well , especially from my peers because I can consider it helpful to the next process or piece.
What do you do overcome a “block”?
I have many paintings on hold until I can walk back into completing it. In the meantime, I usually start another painting or go for a walk with my dog.
How do you know something is “finished”? Is it easy to walk away?
I do not feel my paintings are finished most of the time. However, I have learned from experience to let it be.
Have you had exhibits and galleries?
I had an exhibition as a child. It was held at a gallery in East Los Angeles. It was definitely a proud moment for my teachers and family. As a child, I did not see what the big deal was. The memory of it, and my response to it, makes me laugh now.
I have no exhibits planned for the future but do hope there will be opportunities to share my work with the community.
What are you currently working on?
I just completed a painting that involved child abuse awareness and am now enjoying happier subjects, my animals.
What are your plans for the future?
I would love to work with special needs children and art. I made a painting that is highly textured for the visually impaired (and other disabilities) community. My painting is completely touchable and I hope to create a series of textured touchable paintings.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
I had one teacher that stands out from High school. She believed in me enough to have me enter an international contest. I came in second place. I do not remember the words of her advice but, her belief in me gave me the advice of believing in myself. I think that was worth more than any advice I have ever received.
What advice would you give new artist?
Don’t forget to have fun. Always remember why you do what you do.
Have you done any courses to help you?
I took a few art classes in college. My first attempt in realism is “The Bottle”.
What do you do to market your work?
I joined Fine Art America in July 2012. I made an artist site on Facebook and I talk to people one on one about my art. Most of the time is dedicated to painting. I hope to find more time to market myself someday. This interview is another attempt to get the word out.
Do you use social networking in your day-to-day life?
I have recently used Facebook and Google+ and I do have a website where my artwork is posted and able to be purchased.
Are you available for work commissions?
Yes, I am available. You can contact me at my main website
Have you got hobbies?
My biggest hobbies, if you want to call it hobby are having fun with my pets, my cat Tink and my dog Harley. I also love to travel and I get a lot of inspiration from the adventures I have while traveling.
Where are you based?
I am based in Loveland, Colorado
New Artwork by Minnie Lippiatt
New Artwork by Minnie Lippiatt
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