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Artist Feature & Giveaway by Paintspiration

Thursday, July 11, 2013

An Interview with Michelle of Paintspiration

When did you first start your craft?
I've always loved art, but I discovered painting after taking a class in high school, and haven't stopped since. 

How did you discover your talent?
For as long as I can remember, I've been 'drawn' to art. :) It was something that came easy for me, and I absolutely love creating something beautiful with my own hands.

How did Paintspiration come about?
I was working in the mental health field in Washington DC. My job was really stressful and tough, as was working and living in the city. After 3 years, stress began to really take its toll on my mind and body, so my boyfriend and I made the decision to move from Washington DC to the (much) more relaxed beach community of Wilmington NC. While I was between jobs, I decided to start selling my art. I started devoting less and less time to job hunting and more time to painting- and now I'm selling paintings full time!

The name is pretty cool, what made you decide on this?
Usually when I'm deciding on a title for something, I agonize over it for days. Paintspiration just sort of came to me, though, and I went with it!

What drives you to create?
I love to make things for people, so the thought of making a special gift for someone, or a painting that will hang in their home, excites me

How do you get inspired?
I draw inspiration from all over the place. Ideas tend to come to me while listing to music, sitting on the beach, hiking, or doing things in nature. I always carry a notebook or something to record ideas with, because ideas seem to strike out of nowhere!

How would you describe your style?
My style is fun and whimsical. I try to incorporate “feel-good vibes” into all my work.

What is your favorite part about your creative process?
I love those days that I can just get lost in painting and work all day. When I'm covered in paint at the end of the day, I know it's been a good one!

What are your favorite items?
My favorite items are the paintings that include beach themes. I love aqua blue ocean colors, and the fiery red, orange, and yellows of a sunset. 

What environment do you like to work in?
I feel most comfortable in a bright, sunny environment, so I tend to do my best work in the morning. 

Do you listen to music while you work, and if so what do you listen to?
Absolutely, music is a must-have! I usually listen to Pandora. My music choices depend on my mood and what I'm painting, but my favorite stations are Reggae Rock, Classic Indie, and a Dave Matthews/Jack Johnson blend.

How much time do you spend in the studio?
Well, my studio is my home, so it’s hard to get away from! Right now painting is my full-time job. On a “work” day (5-6 days out of the week) I'm working on Paintspiration in some way, shape, or form for 12+ hours. On an “off” day, I tend to work for at least a couple hours. I guess you could say I’m obsessed!

Who are some of your biggest influences, artistically or personally?
Artistically, I am very inspired by music. Looking through my shop, it’s obvious that I get a lot of inspiration from Bob Marley and reggae music, as well as artists like Dave Matthews. Personally, I have been greatly influenced by my boyfriend, Scott. He has supported me every step of the way with Paintspiration. I couldn't do it without him. 

What are you currently working on?
Right now, I am working on catching up with custom orders. I have a couple large oil paintings I am working on, as well as some smaller acrylic paintings. I've got lots of ideas for new projects to include in my Etsy shop, it just feels like there are not enough hours in the day!

What are your plans for the near future?
Right now, I am trying to build my shop and inventory. I plan to continue living in Wilmington through 2013, at which point Scott and I plan to do some long-term traveling and humanitarian work in South America. I am currently exploring ways I can continue running Paintspiration while traveling. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I have received is to follow your dream and do what makes you happy.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
I would love to see Kristen Wiig play me. I think she could accurately portray some of the ironic comical moments I encounter in life! 

Describe your work in three words.
Inspirational, uplifting, and fun!

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