Thursday, April 21, 2011

Teresa Shippy - Santa Ana, CA

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?  I'm a fiber artist, I use acrylic paints as my medium to create portraits and landscapes.
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?  Honestly, my creative juices are always flowing. Coming from a large family I'm filled with thoughts of creative works many times based on family members and I always like adding a touch of whimsy along the way.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   I love to donate to promote excellent organizations. I have contributed my art to great causes and wonderful organizations including Precious Life Shelter, Dana Point Ocean Institute, and Kaiser Permanente, all of which are on display in Southern California.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?   Yes, I often will pen to paper sketches of potential ideas. I love to create unique faces and shapes while doodling in my journal.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?   I have three pieces in "Featured Artists” Vol II, an international publication available through Amazon Books, I'm the only fiber artist included out of 60 artists. I will also be returning to Tustin CA Fine Art Walk this year, in addition I'm delighted to have designed a book for "The Sketchbook Project" currently on tour. 
6.  Do you teach?   I've been teaching my dye workshops at my home in Santa Ana, CA for eight years. I have a large side yard to accommodate many guests who love to create original painted fabrics from cottons, silks, etc.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life?    Without doubt both of my parents, especially my father who painted with acrylics and oils on canvas. From my father I learned patience and how to focus on clarity and realism.
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?   I have been very fortunate to have my work displayed in many prestigious venues, with that being said, I would love to have my work in a nearby fine art gallery in which I am the featured artist.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.   I design and create most of my work in my art room in my home, it is filled with my life's memories including my father's ballerina paintings from 1968 and my works in progress. Also did I mention the painted fabrics that hangs down from the ceiling, another story!
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?   Paint brush, jars for mixing paints, Gingher scissors.
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?   I love to capture the visions of my imagination in my art.  I incorporate the flavors of vintage, rustic and whimsical in my work, it’s those everyday simple things with just a pinch of imagination that makes my art unique pieces.
12.  How do you balance your life?  I'm blessed to have a wonderful and supportive husband, friends, and family. Now in my 50's, art is one of my passions in life along with my husband and my personal well being. My life is intertwined with a routine that provides my balance and allows me the time to do my art work.

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