Read our fun interview & get-to-know session with artist Bianca Davis from Detroit, Michigan.
You can see Bianca's profile or commission art from her at www.mademay.com/PainterBianca
How would your best friend (or someone close to you) describe you using only 3 adjectives?
My mother describes me as focused, hardworking, and ambitious. My mother told me if I had become doctor, I would make a good one since I'm so dedicated to studying and learning.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
My typical day starts at 7:30AM in the morning. I readied myself for the day and head to my studio. Depending on the weekday, I'm practicing figure drawing, Charles Bargue Plates, painting, or studying anatomy. My laptop usually has New Master's Academy as its homepage. I do one lesson in the morning and another lesson in the afternoon. In the evening I'm working on personal work, a commission, or playing on my ancient Wii. It still works after all this time.
Who inspires you?
I'm truly inspired by George Leonard. He's the author of Mastery. I think he was the one who really kick me into gear of being artist. Not just the career, but all the adversity, skill building, training, and endeavors that fall in the path of becoming artist. Especially a classically trained one, where skill is heavily stressed.
What is your favorite quote?
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” - Michelangelo Buonarroti
As an artist, what made you get into art?
As most artists, I started off early. I was more of an illustrator than a fine artist. Comic books, fiction novels, and other media caused me to draw cartoons and illustrations than art. In fact, I went to college for illustration. The reason why I never ever made any fine arts, but I couldn't paint. My high school made the grave mistake of introducing me into acrylics, which dried completely fast and I was not told of a retarder or any other medium. Because of that I went through most of my art education thinking I couldn't paint. Then finally in sophomore year in college, Andy Epinoza introduced me to the wonderful world oil paints. It was from then on, I decided to become a painter, but in junior year, Robert Schefman, introduced me to atelier and that's when I decided to become a living master like Cesar Santos and Juliet Aristides.
What is your favorite thing about art commissions?
My favorite thing about art commissions is I get to paint people. Everyone is beautiful I believe. So I feel its my duty bring a person's beauty out in a painting.
What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone living)
Donato Giancola's The King's Hand was an amazing piece in my eyes. I'm not too big on Game of Thrones, but I have to admit this fan piece was beautiful. The way figures lean against one another and how the colors were used. I think it was the red drapery surrounding Tyrion and Shae. It was so beautiful how it was composed.
What is your favorite piece of artwork? (from someone dead)
Dante and Virgil by William-Adolphe Bouguereau is probably what inspired my aesthetic for male figures. It's raw, visceral painting, but that's what makes it powerful. Skillfully painted, one could feel that intensity just by gazing at it.