Interview with Ann Marshall
I’ve taken a little bit of time off from my old work as I was feeling a little burnt out. I started playing with clay, and developed a completely new side project which I’ve had a lot of fun with. However, real life is finally pushing my back into portrait painting and I’m starting a new project tomorrow. I designed the work today and hope I can technically put it off.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a painter?
I current live right across the river from Manhattan, in Hoboken, NJ with my husband and out two cats. I’ve been an artist since I could hold a crayon. Drawing is one of my earliest memories.
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?
After designing the picture in Photoshop, I start with a basic block in of the drawing, and then develop it to the point where everything is realized, but not finished. Then I begin the collage, and afterwards go back into the drawing to adjust the tone, color, and contours so the figure and background work successfully together. I then go back and forth between drawing and collage until the work finished.
I’ve gone though a lot of stages over the years. As a kid I was into animation, because that was the most prominent (and enjoyable) art form in my life. When I went to college, I thought I was going to be a children’s book illustrator, because that seemed like a practical compromise in terms of making a living. However, after pursuing that for a few years, I realized I liked to do (and was more suited to) more involved mature pieces, and so I left the field. After a few years and a lot of struggle, I evolved into what could be considered my current style, which is a mix of fine art and portraiture (I’m not the best painter technically, so I’ve always had to struggle a lot to ad other interest to my work).
Who’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second?
Its funny, by saying ‘a second,’ I totally started over-thinking the question. Let’s say Rembrandt, which is admittedly a very unoriginal answer.
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
I just want to be outside on a beautiful day.
What do you have in common with a teenager?
Ha ha. Maybe moodiness. I would like to think however I still can get really excited about things. I try not to lose that.
I am ok. It’s a chore, but I don’t dislike it. I should probably get out and “work the scene” more, but I’m introverted, and dislike that sort of thing. On my free evenings, I would rather spend it with people I already have relationships with than working a room full of strangers.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
Travel more. I’ve done some, but not enough.
Something you want the world to know about you.
Gosh, this is hard. I don’t know. My work is my public face. I don’t really need the entire world to know much else.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
I get annoyed when people give more attention to their hand held devices than to the real people around them.
It’s a mixed bag. I really enjoy being able to keep up with friends and family and I’ve also found it a successful way to market my work. However, it can be a colossal distraction and I wonder sometimes if its adding anything of real value or merely keeping us distracted by trivial things.
A word that you hate.
What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?
I’m going to have work at an exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery in late March in Los Angeles. I believe the working show title is “Painted Ladies.”
If you had absolute power for one day, what would you do?
Reform the American health care system.
In order of importance:
2. two cats
3. essential documents (it’s a bitch if you can’t prove who you are).
4. Computer/ hard drive (for what’s on it).
Everything else is just stuff.
What’s overrated today?
Stuff. I used to work in marketing and a lot of money and effort goes into trying to convince you that a cheaply produced sweater will define you as an individual. Its just a badly made sweater with a mythology.