Hello Rose, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
I am continuing to use animals in my paintings. Pit Bulls are of special interest and represent a lot to me, including the potential for things to get confused or out of hand when people indulge in selective breeding or tinker with the natural world. Pits have a particularly American affiliation and I like them for that reason as well. I also think they are incredibly beautiful and their form is great to paint.
Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?
I’ll spend months working non-stop, from morning until night on several paintings at once. Then I’ll totally burn out and stop working for a month at least, sometimes longer. It’s not a very balanced lifestyle but it seems to be the only way I can get anything done.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?
When starting out I had a real drive, almost a desperation to prove myself to myself and to others. I worked really hard to learn my technique and then really hard to paint in a way that was true to my own unique vision. Now, I feel a little more relaxed about everything. I don’t work as much but when I do I make sure it’s a piece I really want to paint. It’s easy to launch into a painting without realizing how much work it will be! So now I take my time. I know that I have a track record and that people who like what I’m doing will indulge me. On the other hand, I realize that many people will not care for what I’m trying to express with oil paint and that’s fine too. I guess I feel confident in a way I didn’t ten years ago.
Who’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second?
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
Ideas come from many mysterious sources, so many that I couldn’t pin point one in particular. I do know that if an idea for a painting is a good one, that if it has real significance to me, it will continue to surface. I’ve toyed with concepts for paintings, sometimes for years, before they actually got painted. Those usually turn out to be the strongest pieces.
The hardest and the easiest part of your painting passion?
It’s very easy to conceive and begin a painting. The beginning is always fun. It’s much harder to finish! Once a painting is near completion then it’s all just work, integrating edges, making slight adjustments in values, etc. I think, for me as an artist, when the idea is already purged than the exciting part is over and the work begins.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
I would like to be a better musician.
Something you want the world to know about you.
I sing and play bass on occasion with my boyfriend’s band, Huxley’s Lotto.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
We humans are just strange little creatures trying to get by. Nobody really knows what we are doing and we are all usually trying our best. That is, with the exception of most politicians and those who control the ultra-powerful media conglomerates. These are the people who annoy and frustrate me the most and I think they should be shot back into outer space, which is probably where they came from.
What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?
I’m having a show at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, which opens Sept. 5th.
Your idea about social networks.
Facebook has been helpful for getting my work seen by a wider audience and also connecting with artists who I admire. I try to use it, along with Twitter.
What’s overrated/underrated today?
Overrated? Most art. Underrated? Art with a solid technical foundation that also has real feeling and political or psychological insight. I think that a lot of film, music, visual art, etc. are manipulated for commercial and political gain, first and foremost. It’s about price tag, hype, and sometimes even worse, propaganda. Sincerity and the attainment of technique are often underrated but they are worth pursuing anyway.