Anonymous asked:

A long while back I won a giveaway you held, one of the luckiest moments of my life the print still hangs on the wall right next to me. I look at it often and many of my friends have admired it. I want to thank you again for holding the giveaway, and also just thank you for sharing your art online. I love the sense of community that's born seeing you and other artists support and share with each other. It's amazingly inspiring and warming, I hope you continue to be prolific and successful.

Thank you so much for this. Didn’t know if you wanted this public but, I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. (Too much comparing my work to others.) And this was so sweet of you. I really appreciate and needed this.

Anonymous asked:

What are some of your sources of inspiration for your art?

Sorry it’s taken me so long to answer this, Anon. I wanted to give a good answer. Something not cliche. Like “everything” - which is what I would normally say.

Maybe instead we do inspirations at the moment -

1. Small, local vegetation - not sure what it is. (maybe a sense of putting where I am from in my paintings) but I am obsessed with the weeds in my front lawn.

2. Gold - I love using gold leaf, gold thread, gold paint…

3. Music - currently painting to a band called “Tides of Man” thanks to my husband. This entire CD: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qmE8rnHtAiM

4. Feminism - I have a daughter, and all I can do is imagine the world I want her to grow and live in.

5. Mental Illness - My own struggles as well as those of others. Seeing someone else’s “problems” = you are not alone = mental illness as a norm and not a weakness = help for all.

6. Dreams and Symbolism. Everything in my work is there for a reason.

Thanks for asking!!