|French Couture. Original collage by Vivienne Strauss.|
|Alfred Finds his Soul Mate. Limited edition 8.5x11 print by Matte Stephens|
That has always been something I’ve struggled with because as soon as someone finds out that you’re an artist, they ask what style and I always have a terrible time explaining my work. When I work in collage, I lean towards minimalism, with watercolors I go more towards highly detailed, bright, and whimsical. Oil paint seems to lead to more moody work.
|Essence of Orange. Original collage by Vivienne Strauss.|
|The Perils of Patterns. Limited edition print of an original watercolor painting.|
|Ophelia's Dream. Limited edition print of an original oil painting.|
Inspiration comes in so many forms! Often it is visual, just seeing certain flowers one day in an especially striking color can motivate me to come home and paint. Sometimes it is just a feeling I get when I read a particular phrase in a book. Green is a very strong color for me, I once challenged myself to do a painting with no green whatsoever and it was really hard!
|Hannah and Bibi. Limited edition print of an original watercolor painting.|
Quite often the titles come first but I’ve had a few paintings that evolved into a completely different story than where I had started and they created their own titles.
|Mrs. Wesley Winchester and Walter arrive in West Palm in the same manner in which they always arrive everywhere - with lots of baggage. Limited edition print of an original watercolor painting.|
|Each autumn Myrtle Burstein felt the urge to run away from home. She packed her suitcase over and over but never went any where. Limited edition print of an original watercolor painting|
Where does your work take place? Would you be willing to share a picture of your workspace with us?
I often do some sketching in bed at night, I really like to think about the painting for a while before I actually start the physical work. I mainly work in my studio which is a really nice upstairs bedroom that looks out over our backyard. I have bird feeders just a few feet away so birds and squirrels are frequent visitors.
Where can everyone find you? Where do you sell your work? How do you market it and which avenue has been most successful?
I have some work at Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, but mainly I have my work available online which is a wonderful avenue as it can reach a worldwide market.
Do you have any advice for new artists trying to get their work seen?
It is really hard to not just get lost in the sea of art work that is out there. I often wonder how some people stumble upon my work, how did you find me, Ann? I found you on sfgirlbybay's blog with a link to your etsy sites. I think blogs are a great place for artists to get recognition because we all know "word of mouth" is the ultimate advertisement! Blogs tend to have so many more people listening right now.
You strike me as someone who likes to have a good time! I do, too.
What’s your favorite cocktail? Mine is a blood orange martini. I am a Tanqueray and tonic girl :)
|Fall Frolic. Original collage.|
And lastly, the ultimate party you would like to throw? Mine would be on an old clipper ship for a week with swimming and sunning in the daytime and evening gowns for dinner. What about yours?
Mine would be like a scene from a 1930s movie, the entire party would be black and white, very Art Deco and everyone in formal attire.
|Stella Starling makes her singing debut at El Morocco, 1933. Limited edition print of an original painting|