Jackie Conradi-Robertson - Featured Artist for June 2009
Which artistic media do you prefer to work in and why?
I prefer to paint with acrylics because of their fast drying ability. I can layer and paint over to attempt to find the colors which give me an emotional response as I work.
With which past or contemporary artists or artworks do you, as an artist, feel a connection? What is it that draws you to them?
I feel connected to the work of Vincent Van Gogh more than any other artist because of the physical reaction I feel while looking at his paintings. I am also very impressed by the work of the Russian American painter Sergei Bongart. Again, it is the color which attracts me to his work.
Which particular processes or techniques of art-making interest you now?
I enjoy exploring a variety of brush sizes.
What particular technical challenges in art-making do you face at this time?
What in your artistic training do you value most in your work at this time?
During my drawing classes at Ecole de Beaux Arts in Montreal I realized that if I take the time I can draw reasonably well. However, usually I don’t take the time and enjoy working quickly as a response to a scene.
How much of a role do accident and control play in your work? Do you have the imagery unified in your mind before you start out, or do you discover it as you go?
I start with an idea and end up with something else.
What are some of your artistic challenges at present ?
Some challenges might appear to be time management and energy levels. But I know full well to create one must just start to create.
What are some of your artistic accomplishments at present?
At the present time I would have to say that storytelling with my puppets for young audiences is an artistic accomplishment.
Can you share three things you’ve learned as an artist through your own art?
- Trust your own vision.
- Paint your own way.
- Don’t put it off until the perfect time…it is now.
When you need inspiration, how to do get it?
I enjoy traveling to new places to see the color of the soil, the rooftops, the light and the landscapes which are not hemmed in by the mountains.
When you need to learn more as an artist, how do you do it?
I look at art books about artists I admire. I take workshops and I learn by doing. I mix paints to try to get the same colors that I can buy in a tube. That discovery is exciting to me.
What is it about this artwork (self-selected work shown) that led you to choose it for this feature? What were the specific challenges you faced (and resolved) in making this artwork?
This is a small 8”x10” painting which I did two years ago in Tuscany. I painted two small works that day standing at the edge of a small river. It was a lovely day and the light and shadows were inspiring, especially the pale green of the water, the darker shadows beneath the trees at the water’s edge and the flowers at my feet. I was dismayed by my efforts at the time but later, a few months later I realized that the scene I captured was still “living”. Both paintings have been purchased and I miss them.