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Read our fun interview & get-to-know session with artist Joelle Cathleen from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
You can see Joelle's profile or commission art from her at www.mademay.com/joellecathleen.
Determined, Loyal, Sarcastic.
I wake up, enjoy a super large coffee before taking my dog for a walk, then drive to my studio to work on commissions or teach a private workshop.
My Mother. She's strong, independent, and one of the smartest people I know. And she laughs at my jokes.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
I wish healthcare was free to anyone who needs it to survive. I wish education was free to anyone who wants it to thrive.
I play piano and am a pretty darn good dog whisperer.
I started drawing early in life by emulating my brother who was a cartoonist, and I wanted to be like him. Not only was he the coolest big brother, but his drawings were even cooler and just made me happy to look at. His work made me forget about whatever was dragging me down as an 8-year-old, ( chores, not being able to stay up late, etc ). I thought Art was a kind of magic that just made people happy all the time and I wanted to do the same with my work. Make people forget about their troubles, and explore my painted world, even for a moment and maybe find a safe space in it.
Well, being sought out personally to paint a piece is definitely a warm fuzzy for any artist. To put it simply, I like to make people feel confident and excited about their experience hiring me. I enjoy creating something that they will love to look at for years to come. Plus, creating something that I know will be around long after I'm gone from this earth has a sense of romanticism and peace for me I can't explain in words.
An abstract watercolor painting my stepfather did of my Mother in 1983. The only painting he's ever created as he's more inclined to computers and numbers. He has to explain every stroke while you're looking at it which accompanies a story for each body part. It's quite funny to "get in his head" for a minute while he guides you through his techniques, color choices, and inspirations.
"Evening at Kuerner's" Andrew Wyeth
I think treehouses for adults should be a thing.