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Chris Carter

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FURIES : When did you get started as an artist?

Early. When I was a kid, maybe 7 or 8 I started my first comic called super dog. It kinda spiraled from there. I’ve never really had any difficulty with drawing. They way I approach any piece is so open to change. It can feel like a maze.

FURIES : Is art hereditary in your family?

No. Music runs deep in my family, and my mother has an artistic side to her. However drawing, sketching, painting, things of that nature were not in my family. My step-father’s family has a strong artistic streak. So I did have a family influence through the years.

FURIES : What’s your work space like?

Where ever I have enough light or time to do it. Mainly my bedroom. It’s cozy and perfect for me  to settle. I have an easel for painting, not a great one, but it does the job.

FURIES : What current projects are you working on?

I have 2 new marker based images Im working on, as well as a new painting. I post all my work when it’s finished on my website. I really never know when I’m on a new project until I’m working on it. Then it’s done. Hopefully I will be turning more out at a quicker pace. J

FURIES : What kind of music do you listen to while you’re working on a project?

This can be a wide range, depending on my mood. I love listening to the Gorillaz, Biggie Smalls, Lady GaGa, the Beatles, and one of my personal favorites, Hugh Laurie’s Let Them Talk almbum. There’s tons of other artists I enjoy listening to while working. Those are some top ones. My vinyl collection receives a lot of attention while working in my room. Some of those eargasms are provided by Steve Miller Band, Pixies, Beethove, The Commodores, etc. Point is, if I’m feeling it, I can use it serve my muse.

FURIES : Has your art ever interfered with your personal life, or vice versa?

It seems like my art doesn’t always get the chance to thrive like it deserves. I grew out of my art for a good chunk of my teenage years. Music dominated my every move in those days. I’m just now getting to a point where I can focus more on creating.

FURIES : What are your plans for the future?

The future will hold many things. I hope that I will find a way to incorporate painting and drawing into my career. There’s talks of going to the west coast next year. May a way for me to focus intently on my path. Right now I pick up a pencil, brush, or marker and keep at it.

You can check out more of Chris Carter’s colorful world by going to his webpage or his facebook !

http://daysonend07.wix.com/carter13art

https://www.facebook.com/carter13artwork

 

Featured Artist: LKZ

This might be cheating, because I was the editor-in-chief of Furies before it became a community blog, but I’m featuring myself. Because I’m ballsy like that. But I figure, after all of the other artists that I’ve tried to promote and support… I’m good.
Plus, Furies has been a little bland since we switched over. We haven’t posted anything in months and we need to breathe some life back into it. So, here we go!

Emma8Furies Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

LKZ: I grew up in a very creative household. Art was as present as food. I hadn’t, however, sold any work until after I got married. I think something finally clicked, telling me I was in the right place at the right time. 

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

LKZ: Oh yeah. My mother is an abstract artist, my grandmother was a watercolor artists and quite a wordsmith, and my great-grandmother designed and constructed dresses. My sister is a photographer, one of my brothers designs and puts together furniture and my other brother designed the logo for his gym.

FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

LKZ: When it comes to painting if it feels forced I’m more likely to fuck something up! Luckily, I’m almost always in the mood to paint. Inspiration is abundant in my life.

IMG_7777FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

LKZ: Oh man!  Elvira Mistress of the Dark is a movie that always gets me going. I also like a lot of Zombie movies, Die Hard, or anything from the 50′s and 60′s. Really, it’s anything that I can just have going in the background that I don’t have to focus on. I need background noise. I can’t concentrate without it.

FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

LKZ: Michael Jackson, Macklemore, The Zombies, Bob Marley, Eminem if I’m doing something colorful and happy. A lot of Prince, Tom Petty and Shinedown if I’m doing something a little edgier or raw. And sometimes RuPaul – depending on the painting. 

Lipstick (4)FM: What is your work space like?

LKZ: I don’t really have a set work space. Sometimes I paint at the kitchen table, sometimes I have crap spread out all over my bed. You should see all the paint on my comforter. Other times I take over the entire living room with canvas and paint spread out everywhere. Especially if I’m working on a set.

FM: What do you need to focus?

LKZ: NOISE. A lot of noise. Loud music or a movie playing in the background. I also need to be able to spread out. If I know that I don’t have a lot of time it’s hard for me to focus. I usually need to clear my day to really dig in. 

FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

LKZ: Not at all. Sometimes my personal life interferes with my art though. But that’s cool. I feel very lucky to spend my days painting and doing the things that I want. I kind of really love it when my family gets involved. Although it can be a tad distracting and, as an artist, I do tend to like more time alone.

IMG_6756FM: What current projects are you working on?

LKZ: Of course, I always have things in the back of my mind that I’d like to get to…
I have plans to start a few paintings to donate the profits to my favorite charity. I’m getting some prints ready for my shop on etsy. I would also really love to put together a Man Eater coloring book. I’m very excited about all of the things. 

FM: What are your future plans?

LKZ: I would love to put together an art show with a band and everything. We’ll see.
I’m also hoping to be involved at the upcoming Full Moon Horror Fest!

For more information on LKZ you can like her new facebook page. Or, if you’re really a fan, you can stop by her shop on Etsy to pick something up for yourself.

Featured Artist: Dan Peters

dscf1101Furies Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

Dan Peters: I started making art at a young age, but it wasn’t until I took a painting class with Deborah Barr-Brayman in college that I developed a strong drive to pursue art as a passion and career.  A major moment was the day she pulled me aside and explained what it takes to make it as an artist, and also that she saw enough potential in me to encourage me to chase it. Smarts were never really a problem, but I’d just never felt driven to apply myself to anything at school, and until that instant I frankly had no future direction whatsoever. I can’t thank Professor Barr-Brayman enough for that moment, and I’ll certainly never forget it. Afterward she continued to encourage me to chase my passion and develop my own style, and I learned a ton about how best to do so. If it weren’t for all that, its genuinely possible that I would have never found out that art is what I want to do.

dscf1093FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

DP: Considering that both my grandpa and my Mom are really talented painters, I’d have to say yes.  My Mom does some awesome landscape paintings, and though  my Dad will deny possessing any creative ability until he’s blue in the face, he’s a really naturally talented photographer. My aunts and uncles are also extremely creatively talented, and I think being  lucky enough to grow up around creative people has been a real advantage for my own development.

FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

DP: I think it depends on the situation.  If I have a deadline to make then I force myself, but I always prefer to work from inspiration. That doesn’t mean not having inspiration is a good reason not to work, because pushing yourself to work can be a great way to get through a creative block.   Sometimes though, you have to set down the brushes or sculpting tools or whatever and return to it later with fresh eyes in order to get the most out of it.  A friend of mine recently gave me some advice that I think really applies here:  “If you don’t love it, set it aside and work on something else.”  I’ve tried to let that guide my work habits ever since.

dscf10821FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

DP: Action sports have always played a large role in my life. Something like skateboarding or snowboarding takes a lot of focus, so it can provide a solid  break from thinking, and at the end of a session I always feel refreshed and ready to work, and the ideas flow more smoothly. Other than that I’ve been reading a lot recently, and that certainly provides some inspiration. My friend Ian turned me on to the hilarious satire of Tom Robbins, and while I’m no “foodie,” I honestly like the writing styles of Anthony Bourdain and Eddie Huang.

FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

DP: I would say It depends on the mood I’m in, but I usually listen to hip hop, punk, reggae, or some mixture of those. If I’m in a more amped up mood and want to get something out, I like fairly abrasive, even confrontational, hip hop and punk. Regardless, something with a good beat and strong lyrics is what I want on the stereo when I’m working: anything with a good groove.

FM: What is your work space like?

DP: I usually have anywhere from three to six different projects going on at a time, so it can get pretty cluttered.  I try to be as cleanly and organized as possible, but I think I fail at that most days and most people who’ve seen it would agree.

dscf1162-e1354243451250FM: What do you need to focus?

DP: I find that listening to music while I work, especially through headphones, enables me to reach my highest level of focus. The headphones allow me to really tune out whatever might be going on in or around my work space and zone into the work.  I also prefer working late at night or early in the morning when the neighborhood is quiet.  But really, the biggest key is to be working on a piece that I can really get lost in. When that happens, it’s like time stops and nothing matters except the piece, and that’s total focus. I chase that feeling like a junkie.

FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

DP: I think I’ve missed out on social opportunities at times. Luckily, I have some really understanding and supportive friends and family.  I don’t think my art has ever interfered with any relationships, but it definitely turns me into a bit of a hermit at times.

FM: What current projects are you working on?

DP: Currently, I’m working on five new large paintings for The Pancakes and Booze art show in Los Angeles on October 18th and 19th. It’s going to be an epic event with live music, live painting, and, of course, pancakes and booze. If you’re in the central valley and can’t make it out to L.A. (though you should), I will also be showing some work at Christina’s Coffee in Turlock, California sometime near the end of August 2013.  I’ve been working on a lot of new stuff, so I’m definitely excited about these shows and the chance to get some of it out there.

FM: What are your future plans?

DP: My goal is to continue pushing my art as far as I can take it, and hopefully that will lead to the ability to live solely off of producing various kinds of artworks.  I would also love to get into teaching or doing workshops someday because I feel like anything I could do to help the next generation of artists find their voice would be time well spent. Whatever the case, I’ll need art supplies.

For more info on Dan Peters check out http://createvsdestroy.wordpress.com/ or add him on facebook https://www.facebook.com/dan.peters.104.

Featured Artist: Daniel Counce

Counce_500_chickenheart.jpegsFuries Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

Daniel Counce: I began drawing before kindergarten but I didn’t really think about it until the Ninja Turtles and Mario Bros came around. So I’d say in the early fall of 1990 approximately. I know there’s a nerd out there that’s saying neither of those things came out in 1990 but whatever. I was in kindergarten. My junior year of high school was when I started to paint with acrylic on canvas. The first painting I sold I believe was in January of 2008 to a greedy gallery owner, and from then to 2012 I sold most of my stuff to her out of desperation so If you wanna see this stuff in person  good luck.

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

DC: Art is not hereditary in my family. Although my parents did meet in art class when they were in high school. Aside from my mother and father absolutely no way art is hereditary. They are creative and do some art, which is fascinating to me, although it would not be consistent with what is considered the fine arts. My father is a carpenter and my mom is pretty crafty, but if you ask anyone before them they’d tell you its the devils work, or for rich gay people. And this is exactly how I was branded a black sheep by grandparents, uncle,s etc. I’m neither rich nor gay.

pigtimeFM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

DC: Both. I have epiphanies and force my self to finish whatever I’m working on before I bring the epiphany to life. Sometimes forced creativity is needed and sometimes where i can shine in the dark. If you sit around waiting for inspiration you’ll die old and boring. I force myself to be inspired. Money is a good motivator too. Honestly as long as people see my work, and whether or not they can relate, is more important than cash in the long run. If I inspire someone to think it might manifest into the viewers own breakthrough and then the sneeze becomes a hurricane. I’d also add that generating work is somewhat a seasonal thing. Spring and fall are more Music related where Summer and Winter is usually visual in my output. Peoples’ challenges or commissions inspire me as well.

FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

DC: I just live and exist. As you all may know, Memphis is a creative vaccumm of work, sports, and drugs, but inspiration’s out there. I usually climb up into my memory castle and think of stories I haven’t told yet. “50 secrets of Magic Craftsmanship” by Salvador Dali is a good one. Mostly I think of brain excersises, or try to improve on things I haven’t really been successful with. For example if i think I’m at painting various hairstyles, I’ll work up some hair related compositions and go from there. Movies don’t really do much for me. Unless Im studying a certain something that can be seen in a movie. Most of my ideas come from bein’ beat, broke, and down trodeden; trying to cushion the rigidity of the world that mankind built for itself. In other words, the viscious cycle that is reality; having to have a job, in order to make enough money to make it to work. Essentially scraping by for survivals’ sake. To paint is to escape and share the dream, maybe even to experience it in some way. Everyone else is a puppet too, I just blow off steam with art, as opposed to the lack luster of drinking away boredom, or for that matter bein bored. Everyone suffers. Not everyone writes opera jams or paints. ‘Bout once every two months me and my wife go hang out with “friends,” which gives the both of us inspiration for writing music, or creating artworks for the following 8 to 12 months.   

tiger1FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

DC: Thanks to the interweb I can listen to anything. My favorites range from Slayer and Burzum to the White Stripes and Thee Ohh See’s or Curtis Mayfield all kinds of shit. The regulars are always like,   the Dead Kennedeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Gogol Bordello, Pearl Jam, the Melvins.  Nothing by anyone younger than me, and nothing that has fake instruments. Everything else is good. Minus modern country music. That shit sucks. Fundamentally I could get into Brad Paisley though, cuz’ he and god have it all worked out, I can dig that idea cuz me and god don’t speak anymore and I think he’s cool with that….

FM: What is your workspace like?

DC: My workspace is a 10×12 bedroom in my parents house (where I still live). My studio doubles as me and my wife’s entire living space. Creative people don’t get paid, and in Memphis No one pays.
FM: What do you need to focus?

DC: Nothing really. If i have a need to get something done I’ll finish it usually. Stopping is the problem. It’s hard to start a project but its way harder to stop. Especially for things like work, family reunions or fake holidays.

hd eopperFM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

DC: Sometimes I think it does. I honestly feel like if I were not creative and very active I would have a better job, family etc. Its the whole black sheep thing again. Since I have a different perspective etc. I don’t seem to fit, my opinions don’t matter and my family or friends don’t relate, therefore less communications and connections, eg. less comfortable life style. People dont care about art or music anymore. The worlds’ focus now is on glammour and money, my focus is art, creativity and honesty.      Psy’s whole deal and Gangham style is all about how he’s wealthy and from the rich part of town. People want expensive purses and to not think about anything ever. So yeah my work has interfered with my personal life. I can’t talk about football or church so I’m essentially friendless. I may be slightly exaggerating but i think that me and my wife have such a warpped view and a dry wit that most people take our most facetious comments, which to us are insanly hillarious as our true world views. I think this along with my generally quiet nature, makes me very misunderstood by the general public, not that they are to blame. I find myself having endless conversations of others’ perceptions and how different they are from what I took from seemingly the same incident, I’m rambling so, “What was the question?” Ah yes, I think my work, or better yet my thoughts, often interfere with both my professional and home life.

the MatadrewFM: What current projects are you working on?

DC: I’m currently working on music and songs. Art wise nothing really deep. Im making mixtapes of my songs to leave at record stores for people to take for free so the cd covers are about all I’ve done lately. It’ll all be comission based or by request until i have a breakthrough or get tired of writing songs. Then I’ll paint seriously until the season changes.. Im considering doing some counterfeit art to sell at an antique store, or re-tellings of classics like “Judith beheading Hollofernes” or “Las Meninas”

FM: What are your future plans?

DC: To keep on keeping on, get a real job, get married, move to Portugal. Move out of my parents home. Make everyone happy. Die in the gutter a broke genius. Build time machine and rob people.     I dunno as far as I’m concerned, and in the kind words of John Lyndon Rotten. “No future No future No future for me”      and In my own words   “Hope is disappointment in disguise”. I really see nothing worth talking about in my future.   Im 30 and I live with my parents, work very hard at a job  that has no benefits, can barely support myself as it is and see no future improvements unless there is a zombie outbreak, then I’ll be f*cking royalty. Being clever doesnt pay…  Evidently money is everything. but I do have true love so I honestly dont really care about the future. From my observation I see all of my peers with only 1 thing. One guy has his own house and thats all. Another friend has 4 kids, and thats all. The next guy has his dream job thanks to trade school, and thats all.

I have Love and thats all you need.

Daniel’s work has been featured in the Memphis Flyer. You can also look at his facebook page

Featured Artist: Yuri Pysar

04Furies Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

Yuri Pysar: At the age of two.

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

YP: My uncle is an artists and he showed me how to paint with brushes at the age of two. SInce that time I don´t let them out of my hands.

FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

YP: The inspiration comes while working. Of course  I´m waiting for it but after 4-5 hours of working. 

01FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

YP: It´s nature if I´m painting a landscape scene or a ballet show. I paint what inspire me. 

FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

YP: Recently it´s jazz music, but my favorite music composition remains Rakhmaninov´s Concert Nr. 3 

FM: What is your work space like?

YP: I appreciate when the work space has lots of space and lack of unnecessary things. So that´s what my studio is look like. 

10FM: What do you need to focus?

YP: The thought about the theme I´m working on helps me to focus. If I hold this thought in my head there is no room for any other thoughts there.

FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

YP: It´s a good question, maybe there were some moments but I can´t remember about them. 

FM: What current projects are you working on?

YP: I´m working on a ballet series now but with the new vision. The change of the format size  helped me to rethink the vision of this theme. Now my priority is to create the dance in the air and not only the fixed movement of a ballet dancer.

FM: What are your future plans?

YP: It´s difficult to say there are plans but that is what I want: perfection of my understanding of life, so to say cognize love for the world to the fullest.

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Featured Artist: Starr Weems

Wishes UnspentFuries Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

Starr Weems: I used to spend afternoons sketching on brown paper grocery bags that my grandmother would save for me. By the time high school rolled around, the local newspaper was paying me to create simple illustrations to accompany articles written by other teens. Later, clients commissioned me to draw charcoal portraits. What I do today grew out of those beginnings.

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

SW: I don’t know if I inherited the artistic ability, but I definitely feel like I passed it along. When my son was two years old, he created a mural on my bedroom wall with permanent marker entitled, “A Doo Doo and a Rainbow.” His work has promise. My 7-year-old daughter (who has Asperger’s and a special interest in ancient Egypt) has completed hundreds of versions of the bust of Nefertiti.

RupusFugueFM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

SW: For me, waiting for inspiration is just procrastination in disguise. The tools of creation are inside of me at all times, not just when I feel like using them. I have found that if I call on those tools to work for me, the feeling of inspiration will soon follow. That said, I am much more likely to have to force myself to rest than to force myself to work. I have more ideas than I have time for.

FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

SW: My best ideas come from my children and my students, but I find that the stories of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar send my mind down a creative path. I also love anything by Chaim Potok. His descriptions are so vivid and full of light. He always leaves me with a bank of mental images that I feel inspired to transfer to watercolor paper.

ChrysalisFM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

SW: Normally, my background sounds consists of children wreaking havoc in the house. Otherwise, I am set either to a 90s channel or I’m listening to Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Slackers or Matisyahu. You know, because I’m sort of random like that.

FM: What is your work space like?

SW: Answering that question would involve moving a lot of watercolor brushes, paint containers, stainless steel shot glasses, drawing gum, sketching supplies, a computer and a bunch of file folders. Last time I actually saw it, though, it was a white drafting table connected to another flat desk. I thought it would be nice to place it in front of the bay windows so that I could get plenty of natural light, but it turns out that most of my work is done at 4 a.m. or 11 p.m. Luckily, I have access to a really nice full-spectrum lamp and a steady supply of coffee.

summer magicFM: What do you need to focus?

SW: Pretty much nothing except for my vintage cat eye glasses. If you teach high school for long enough, you develop the ability to maintain focus no matter what is going on around you.

FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

SW: You mean like that time I was multitasking painting and cooking and I burned a pan of boiled eggs and my family got pissed at me for stinking up the house? Yeah.

FM: What current projects are you working on?

SW: I’m illustrating a set of oracle cards for a dream expert at the moment, which involves 70 some odd small watercolor paintings. I’m also preparing work for upcoming exhibits and painting some commissioned pieces. An album that I created the art for, Mary Crowell’s Acolytes of the Machine & Other Gaming Stories, recently came out. The front was a steampunk-inspired pipe organ and the back was a guy swinging at a giant D20 with an electric guitar. Nifty stuff. I also just had a solo show at Kentuck Museum’s Clarke Gallery a few months ago. Things are busy!

AcolytesoftheMachineFM: What are your future plans?

SW: Next year, I have a few solo exhibits scheduled (One of them will be at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment in July and August of 2014). I’d love to work on more album art and illustration projects as well.

You can find more of Starr’s work on her website or her blog. You can also like her on facebook to see what she’s working on next. 

Featured Artist: Debi Day

dec 2012 294-001Furies Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?

Debi Day: I started my art career when I was 13, that is when I made my first sale, I sold a Kurt Cobain drawing for $35, and thought “wow , I can actually make a living doing this..!”

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

DD: I would not say art is hereditary in my family, I was the first working artist in my family however I have taught my mother and others in my family different techniques in art and encourage them to find their artistic talent.

FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

DD: I stay busy , I always strive to complete 2 portraits a week, yet the inspirations continue to flow, I never find myself with a blank canvas for long.

septemver 2012 019-001FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

DD: If I ever need a fresh perspective and inspiration, I like to go to the beach and get lost in my own thoughts.I find I always go home ready to start a new project after the ebb and flow of positive energy of the ocean.

FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

DD: I listen to mostly reggae yet several others genres of music, from Pantera , Slightly Stoopid to Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

FM: What is your workspace like?

DD: My studio is set up with 2 easels,a drafting table and a huge Epson Printer, these I find are the most important items in my studio.

Debi Day- Jessica RabbitFM: What do you need to focus?

DD: To focus I need headphones and good lighting, I work quickly so if I have at least 3-4 hours of uninterrupted time I can finish a painting in one sitting.

FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

DD: My work has never interfered with my personal life, I even think it enriches my life, I have the self-confidence to meet new people and encourage them to nurture their natural ability.

FM: What current projects are you working on?

DD: Right now I am working on a commission Bruce Lee Oil painting,a commissioned  watercolor and Storyboards for the horror film “Pathos”.I am also a board member and artist at The Atlantic Beacon on Tybee Island,GA.

FM: What are your future plans?

DD: My future plans are to get my work in to several other galleries, write and illustrate a children’s book and get my work in more movies, my art has been featured in a couple of films, I look forward to meeting new filmmakers and making connections to get my work out there for the public to enjoy. I will never stop drawing and creating, it is what enriches my life and encourages me to do better everyday.

You can find more of Debi’s work on her website or on her ArtWanted profile.
Stop by her shop on Etsy to buy a print or an original piece of work. 

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Featured Artist: Reina Goodman

VeiledVivienneFuries Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?
Reina Goodman: I guess I’ve always been interested in art of every kind; music, dancing, painting, drawing, etc. But I can remember back to even kindergarten when we would do art projects I would take much, much longer than all the other kids. Sometimes I would still be working on them when my parents would come pick me up from school. Then I guess over the years my love for art just began to grow. I enjoy drawing things that I see, whether it’s to preserve the memory of it or just to portray it the way I see it in my mind.
FM: Is art hereditary in your family?
RG: Definitely not. I mean there are a few that have their hobbies, like my brother who likes to do little woodwork projects and my sister will draw every now and then. But neither of my parents are artistic. My mom is crafty, but my dad has even commented on my art saying, “Proof that talent is not hereditary”. 
INKEDFM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?
RG: I never like to force it because I don’t want it to look forced. I could say I like to wait for inspiration but I’m ALWAYS inspired. I have so many ideas right now, that nothing is getting done!
FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?
RG: Magazines. Fancy magazines with the fancy ads! The make up or jewelry ads always have incredible portraits of beautiful faces! I love doing portraits so those always give me ideas. 
FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?
RG: I always  listen to a band called Anberlin when I work. Every. Single. Time. I have no idea why. That’s just what I put on anytime I sit down to draw.
ExtraTerrestrialFM: What is your work space like?
RG: A mess!!! Which is crazy cause I am such an organized person! I always lay on the floor to draw. I’ve never been a fan of easels. My art supplies are in such an organized mess all over the floor.
FM: What do you need to focus?
RG: Music. I just need very, very loud music going. I don’t want to hear anything else. I literally need to drown out all my other thoughts or else I will get distracted with all the other things I need to get done.
FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?
RG: No, but my life definitely interferes with my work! I would like to just lock myself in my room and paint and draw for a few days, but having a job and other responsibilities doesn’t make that possible.
 
ModernMadelynnFM: What current projects are you working on?
RG: Well, launching my Facebook page kind of backfired on me. I had planned on starting the page so people could purchase the pieces I already had done, but other people started seeing my work and began asking for custom pieces for their home or as gifts. So I’m currently working on a few gifts I’ve been asked to do. But I don’t think I can keep that up. I’d like to really focus on my interests and get all my ideas out on paper!
FM: What are your future plans?

RG: For art? Not really sure. I guess just see where it goes and hope others can connect with and appreciate it. My future in general? Get an apartment with a spare room for when I work on art or music. Get a job doing something in the music industry. Get my art in a gallery. Take dance classes again!

Check out Reina’s website to see more work and definitely like her facebook page to show your support for local artists!

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