I was raised in Minot, North Dakota. I attended one year at a school in the MPLS area right out of high school before transferring to Minot State University to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree, where I am currently a Junior. Outside of school, I work as a hostess and as a screen printer at a local business.
What started you on the road of printmaking/photography?
I took a class in High School on printmaking, but what really made an impression on me is MSU’s Notstock.
What inspires you as an artist?
The process of making things, humor, contradictions, exaggeration, and nature!
What projects are you working on at present?
A reduction linocut print, a soapstone sculpture, high school senior portrait editing, and other miscellaneous things!
What is special about printmaking/photography?
Printmaking, more often than not, is best when done with a group of people. Printmaking unquestionably inspires community, in the process and also the accessibility. It’s affordable art, and everyone can learn from it.
What is your favorite printmaking/photo process, and why?
Initially, I favored intaglio, but photo processes like kalitype and cyanotype have proven to catch my attention.
What is your favorite color?
Oh. Well… *deep breaths* ......A warm, pale lavender has a remarkable softness to it, but there is something to the intensity of a passionate scarlet that is very impressive.
What is your favorite paper and/or ink?
Handmade paper – the less consistency the better.
What kind of music do you listen to whilst working?
Lately, it has been instrumental heavy music, but anything with a good beat or funky sound will do.
Who is your favorite printmaker/photographer, and why?
Joshua Jay Johnson – He marries technique with content. Beautiful work, moving ideas.
What is one piece of advice you have for young artists?
This profession/lifestyle requires the following: self-motivation, persistence, patience, and curiosity.
Please describe how you see the connection between art and life
Art is a mode of communication. It is a means of translating ideas from thought to reality. Art is something to change your mood, persuade you, motivate you, inspire you, and educate you!