Happy Memorial Day friends! Today, I am pleased to introduce you to this month's "Artist to Know" - Kristin Joseph! I'm extra excited about this interview, because I've actually known (or rather, known of) Kristin for a LONG time. We went to the same high school and had the same great art teacher, Mike Guyer, but she was a couple years ahead of me, so we never formally met. I remember seeing her work and being blown away. It was just so different from anything I'd ever seen, so fluid, colorful and mysterious - I absolutely loved it. And it's the kind of work that sticks with you. Her mint green painting below is one that has influenced me more than so many other artists work that I learned about in school. Which makes this interview really cool, because I got to learn alongside all of you - how this talented painter finds inspiration, what drove her to the unique style she creates in and so much more. How awesome is the art world that 10 years later, someone I have looked up to since I was a sophomore in high school would agree to be interviewed for my series? So without further ado, allow me to introduce you to...Kristin Joseph :)
To start off - in just a couple sentences, how would you describe yourself/your painting style?
I would describe my style as expressive, textural, bright and motion based. It has evolved through influences of abstract expressionism, cubism, and futurism. Painting is my outlet and personal escapism. I think the way I create reflects my dogged spirit and perseverance. My work contains countless layers and goes through many stages before I feel it is complete.
How much time do you spend viewing other artists’/painters’ work? Who are your favorite painters?
I spend a fair amount of time perusing the internet for different artists and their work. I find it fascinating. I'm continuously looking for relevant and upcoming artists but here are a few that I've come across and follow: Marco Grassi, Lisa Madigan, Gabriel Schama, Erin Hanson, David Agenjo, James Day. Some of my favorite master painters that inspire me are Picasso, George's braque, Gustav Climt, Geogia O'keefe, Richard Diebenkorn and Hans Hofmann.
What drew you to the styles of abstract expressionism, cubism & futurism?
It’s hard to believe but I did not start out liking these styles of artwork. Thanks to a dedicated teacher of mine, I was told to research as much as possible and practice the concepts behind these art movements. The extensive research really helped open my mind conceptually and these influences became the foundation of my own style.
I am drawn to the style of Cubism because of the simple geometric shapes and multiple perspectives. I loved the idea that you could see so many layered perspectives like a sculpture but through a 2D medium. Futurism attracted me because of my interest in movement and dynamic motion. Abstract Expressionism appeals to me because of the emotional emphasis and spontaneous action. I like the idea of subconsciously finding the artwork as I paint and enjoying the experience rather than the end result.
What is your favorite surface to paint on?
Recently, I have been painting on more traditional surfaces like canvas and wood. However, my favorite surface is anything with lots of texture. I have been known to create my own mixed mediasculpture-like painting surfaces when I need more dimension.
Favorite brand of paint?
I love golden brands heavy body matte acrylics and I’ve used a variety of different oil paint brands.
Kristin Joseph Art
What inspired you to pursue Graphic Design as well as Studio Art?
I went into college knowing that I wanted to do Visual Arts and I have always had the mindset of creating without limitations. I decided to pursue design and studio art because I thought I could learn and grow in both fields. It is important as an artist to stay curious and expand that curiosity in multiple areas. Being a Graphic Designer I have learned how to market my own work and understand advertisement. I have also learned other skills that would translate into changing technology.
How do you hope to see your business evolve in the future?
I’d love to be able to establish and sell my own work as well as other artists’ work through my business. My goal is to share my love for art and design with my community. I plan on establishing more exhibits/creative venues to collaborate with other artists in the future.
What advice do you have for those who want to pursue a career in the arts? What do you wish you had known before you got started?
My advice to people who want to pursue a career in the arts is NETWORK. Being a visual artist is difficult, especially after graduating because life gets in the way. Make sure you schedule time to create and network with other creatives. Being a more introverted person, this was hard for me. The only way to get commissions, exhibit in galleries and sell your work is to network with a business mindset.
What aspect of your business is the most fulfilling?
The most fulfilling aspect of my business is when I sell a piece and I know the person is ecstatic about owning it. Every piece I make is a piece of me that I want to express and share. When someone chooses to take a piece home with them and has a connection with it, that makes everything I do worth it.
What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever told you about your work?
The nicest thing anyone has ever told me about my work is that it stopped them in their tracks. I've had my work in cafes and restaurants where most, if not all, of the people did not go there to check out the art on the walls. It is the best compliment when someone tells me that they were captivated by my piece, when their intention was to just pick up their morning cup of coffee.
What do you think is the hardest thing about being a painter?
Work life balance- I am an artist and painter but I also have a day job. I like my job and it pays the bills and funds my artwork. I think sometimes the hardest thing for me is setting aside time to create. It's easy to get caught up in the business aspect or be tired from your other life obligations. However, as a painter, it’s all I ever want to do. As long as I set time for it, then I’m happy.
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