By Ashley L. Voss
6:00-9:00pm for the SFOS Hub Exhibition Reception.
Where does most of your creative inspiration come from?
Well, I am inspired by nature, or by an idea that I want to explore or the work of other artists. For example, late last year, I wanted to explore the feeling of groundlessness that I had after the election. In this series, I translated that feeling onto the canvas abstracting root balls from trees that fell down in Golden Gate Park after severe storms. They fell during the same time frame of the election.
Can you tell us more about your Lemon Aid Out of Lemons works?
I wanted to explore the idea of juxtaposing boldness (the large black lines) with a soft subject. The bold black lines came first and then I worked with collage papers and paint to create a softer feeling using the lemon shapes. I like working on wood panels because I can layer paint and collage and then sand it down and then layer more. I can do archeology, if you will, because the board will take a lot deconstruction.
What is an average day in the studio like for you?
My studio is at Yosemite Place in the Bayview district of San Francisco. The building was an old Sealy Posturepedic Mattress Factory, very industrial with high ceilings. There are many artist in this building and my studio is on the top floor with great light and partial view of the Bay. I arrive around 11:00 after I exercise in Golden Gate Park. When I first come in, I take time to just sit and look at the paintings I am working on. I think the first few minutes are important because there is less judgement. Often, I turn on music or listen to NPR and start to work on several paintings at once. That way, I do not get too stuck in overworking one painting. After an hour or so, I stop and eat my lunch and then go back to painting. I have a library in the studio; so I might look up a certain painter to stimulate ideas. I am usually very absorbed in my process so the time goes by very fast. I might have a brief conversation with another artist. Generally, I leave around 4:00 after I clean up so the studio it will be fresh for the next day.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
Several items are indispensable - a chunky graphite water soluble crayon, a long twig with a piece of charcoal taped onto the tip and titanium white paint.