Today on Artist Strong we welcome mixed media artist Kitty Miller, who specializes in portraying nature and animals via bright colors and collage.
Carrie: Welcome to Artist Strong Kitty! Can you please describe your artwork to Artist Strong readers?
I am a mixed media artist that specializes in animals, birds and nature, my paintings are vibrant and full of layers and hidden messages.
I also illustrate children’s books and enjoy other subjects, too. I have attended many art retreats but have no formal training in the arts. I have just loved creating and painting since I was very young.
Carrie: How did you discover your interest in the arts?
I was always interested in the arts. However in 1999 I was severely injured in a car accident and was unable to go back to my old job and I immersed myself into art.
Carrie: Where do you get ideas for your artwork?
Nature is my inspiration and I go out and take zillions of pictures trying to capture beauty and animals and then come try to capture the feeling I had and what I saw.
Carrie: How does your life experience and emotional state feed into your art?
My art is all over I let it all out. Art is a window into your soul, heart and head and the more we feel the more beautiful it seems to be.
Carrie: What do you do when you feel creatively stuck?
I go out and take pictures of nature, and I also read and look at children’s books and art.
Carrie: What does your workspace look like?
I work from home and have a studio in the dining room. I have a guest bedroom that looks like an art store. I just go in and get what I need or want to use daily and bring it to the dining room. We no longer can eat there. I had a studio away from my home in WA, but I think I like being home better.
Carrie: How do you know when an artwork is finished?
Wowzers this is a hard one for me…. I am always wanting to add more but I usually just get this ah hah moment and I decide it is done.
Carrie: What do you hope viewers take from your artwork?
An appreciation for the beauty that nature and this planet have to offer and a sense of color saturation… I want to leave them with this vision of bright vivid colors.
Carrie: What has been one hurdle you’ve overcome as a creative and how did you navigate that problem?
Managing time when I’m working on several projects at once is a challenge. I start to fall in love with a project and neglect the others. I now set a timer, and at least evaluate where I am at when it goes off and make the conscious decision not to neglect work I should be doing and try to keep it on a better schedule. Deadlines sometimes make me freak out and then I procrastinate, too.
Carrie: What is one creative resource you can’t live without?
I would have to say either my camera or the internet for reference when painting birds and animals. Also, my favorite medium is acrylic paint. I am a mixed media artist however and love it all and try to incorporate a multitude of supplies and papers in my works.
Carrie: How do you take risk in your art?
I guess I am always taking chances trying new things, new techniques and products. I recently started incorporating encaustic painting and sealing into some of my art.
Carrie: Who/what inspires you?
I am inspired by many and attend as many Art retreats as I can afford and manage. I love to create with others and to share ideas.
Carrie: How do you define Creativity?
Creativity to me is just doing, playing and making something that makes you feel good and brings joy to others.
BE COURAGEOUSLY CREATIVE: How have you taken risk by trying out new materials or media in your art? I want to know! Tell me about it in the comments below.
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