Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Laura Cater Woods - Billings, MT

1.  What do you call yourself - art wise?  "artist", or mixed media artist
2.  How do you jump start your creativity when you are in a slump?   Most "slumps" are a result of creative energy being used by non-studio issues. I fill the well with the things that inspire me, keep a routine of quiet time every day, the juice returns eventually.
3.  If money wasn't an issue, what would you do with your art?   More! Bigger! I'd love to work large scale with durable surfaces.
4.  Do you keep a sketchbook, journal, etc.?   several at all times. They are primarily repositories for ideas, observations, planning as well as a place for regular drawing.
5.  Where can people see your other work this year?  shows, books, magazines, etc
This year my work can be seen primarily on line. I am preparing for a major show in January and holding most work back for that.
6.  Do you teach?  where?   I teach across the US, sometimes in Canada. Guilds from time to time, but more frequently I am teaching for small mixed media gatherings s and private groups. I have taught online in the past and may go back to that in 2013.
7.  Is there a particular artist who had influenced you in your art life? and why?  A teacher early on whose questions still give me things to think about. He taught me to see, to consider size and scale, and to question "how much information is enough?"
8. Where or what show do you hope your work will be in someday?   My work lives in several public spaces (hospitals, clinics, residential treatment facilities) . In the future I will be seeking out more of these opportunities.
9.  Describe your studio workspace.   The entire North wall is glass, looking out on my back garden, a secluded space with year round interest. The interior of the space is very small and  crowded with storage, work tables , a drafting table. In various nooks and crannies are twigs, cottonwood roots, rock and shell of all sorts. The floor is painted, great for accepting the inevitable spills.
10.  What 3 tools could you not live without?   a mark making implement of any sort, reference books on the natural world, my sense of wonder
11.  What drives you to make the work that you do?   I want to learn about the mysteries, find meaning in what I see, find the universal connections in the forms that obsess me. It's an ongoing journey.
12.  How do you balance your life?   Ideally all parts of my life intertwine and support each other. Sometimes one aspect needs more time and energy, that's ok.



  1. A woman after my own heart... I don't think I could create as freely if I didn't have a beautiful outdoor space to escape to. Nature is a big inspiration to me.

    hugs, Laura!

  2. Laura, keeping a quiet time sacrosanct during every day is a wonderful idea ... why didn't I think of that? Great interview, thanks!


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