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The Creative Edge by Karla Pearce

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove

Once in a while I get the opportunity to meet a beautiful artist that is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. This is the case with Shelagh Quinn Uptigrove.

 This visual artist balances her busy home life as a mother and wife with work and creativity, beautifully. Many young mothers give up their artistic passion while they are busy raising their families but not this artist. Quinn-Uptigrove spends hundreds of hours, probably while we are sleeping, working on her one of a kind drawings and paintings.  Quinn-Uptigrove uses a technique called pointillism that builds a drawing up with thousands of hand drawn individual dots. Her artwork is detailed right down to the tiniest part creating an overall effect of harmony and aesthetic balance.

The following is an interview with Kamloops very own Shelagh Quinn–Uptigrove.

Karla Pearce: What is your background and artistic medium?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: Been into the arts since I was old enough to hold a pen!   Mixed Media (Drawing, Painting, Design, Sewing, Fashion, Glass work, Writing.)

Karla Pearce: When did you know that you were going to become an artist?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  Don’t really have an age or specific event, I guess I’ve always know art was my calling and passion, its what makes me happy.

Karla Pearce: What was it that lead you to, and kept you on your creative path?

 Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: The amazing love and support from my family and encouragement they give me!

Karla Pearce: Describe your creative process.

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  I wake up from dreaming and think “that would be an awesome idea!”  Heheheh I day dream a lot!

Karla Pearce: What motivates you to create/ work?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  Beauty, Nature, Imagination; To make my family proud and to see my art being appreciated.

Karla Pearce: What or who inspires you the most?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  My Grama she was an amazing painter and taught me a lot and always found ways to inspired me.

Karla Pearce: What is the most difficult thing about creating/ doing your work?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: No matter what art medium I do it is very detailed and takes a lot of time and patients to do. 

Karla Pearce: What is the best thing about creating/ doing your work?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: Seeing the finished piece and feeling a sense of pride and joy.

Karla Pearce:  What was the worst /best moment in your career as an artist?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: WORST: Spending 6 months drawing a dragon piece (poster size), only to have the pen burst open and spray ink all over the drawing. It was heart wrenching to see all my time and effort destroyed in a split second!
BEST: Seeing the look on people’s faces when they fall in love with my art, it makes me feel good about what I do, that someone appreciates my style!

Karla Pearce: What are you working on now?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  Trying a new art medium with Polymer Clay, looks like fun! Also doing a city scape in my drawing style one of my most detailed drawings yet, I like to challenge myself and see how far I can push my limits.

Karla Pearce: What are your future plans/goals?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove: Would love to do a gallery art show or get hired to do costume design for a play or movie. Also finish my Sci-fi Fantasy novel and get it published!

Karla Pearce: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom that you would like to share for the next generation of artists?

Shelagh Quinn-Uptigrove:  There are no boundaries in art or imagination; it has limitless possibilities as long as you keep dreaming. “Those who reach for the stars touch the stars!”

How do we find you?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelaghquinn.imagination
Email: dj_ryuko@hotmail.com or Shelaghuptigrove@gmail.com
Phone: 1-250-804-6114
  
  
The Creative edge by Karla Pearce
Fiber Artist Lynne Underwood

Fiber art has been gaining in popularity recently as artists are more empowered than ever and are able to explore, expand and even combine different mediums to create one-of- a- kind beautiful pieces of artwork. These amazing art objects often take a lifetime of accumulated experience and knowledge to create. One Kamloops artist, Lynn Underwood has done just that, through many years of hard work and trial and error, she has combined several different techniques and mediums together creating vibrant fiber art like no other. Her work reflects not only the stunning landscapes that we live in, but also her beautiful personality.

The following is an interview with Lynne Underwood:

Karla: How did you get your start in art?

Lynne: Art has always been an important part of my life. My parents encouraged my creativity and I sewed clothes and did woodwork as a teenager.  After raising four children, I took a 20-year hiatus from sewing and explored needlework, stained glass, acrylic painting and constructing barn wood garden/Christmas outdoor décor.  A few years ago I was introduced to quilting and now combine sewing and painting into fibre art.

Karla: describe your creative process?

Lynne: My creative process begins whenever I go for a walk on a trail, or when I see a breathtaking vista on a drive. I-phone high-res photos are inputted into Photoshop where they are edited. From there I paint the design and let it lead me as it develops. All projects start with ready-to-dye (paint) white batik. After painting, I applique design elements (hand painted on silk) on the background, then embellish/quilt with thread work and further painting.

Karla: What inspires you the most?

Lynne: I am excited by both colors and textures. The play of sunlight on leaves, the beauty in a rough piece of bark… and on and on…. I find the simplest of elements can inspire creativity.

Karla: Tell us what is the best and worst part of your creative process?

Lynne: One of the best things about creating my fibre art is seeing it come to life. Each stage is rewarding on its own, and when the piece is finished it is incredibly satisfying. A difficult aspect of this process is discarding ideas that do not enhance the emerging project and knowing where to redirect.

Karla: What are you currently working on?

At the present I am focusing on scenes that encompass light play on leaves and trees. The process of discovery is very exciting and fulfilling, and each day brings new possibilities.

Lynne Underwood I currently showing her work at the Thursday Artisan Market held downtown Kamloops on Victoria Street right in front of the Art Gallery from 10:00 am to 2:00pm. You can contact her at marylynne1212@yahoo.com.
  
  
The Creative Edge by Karla Pearce

The Beautiful Artwork of Deanna Kolbinson


This week I got a chance to talk with emerging artist Deanna Kolbinson. She has an intelligent inquisitive mind that pushes her to explore many different styles and mediums in her artwork. Like many artists Kolbinson is very modest about her paintings, and achieves beautiful results in many different ways. Her paintings are bold, subtle and unique all at the same time. She always surprises the viewer with what is coming next.

The following is an interview with Visual Artist Deanna Kolbinson


Karla- What is your background and artistic medium?

Deanna -  I had been involved in the commercial arts since the 80s designing everything from logos and beer labels to theatre posters and album covers, so the move to what I consider recreational painting was inevitable. I work mostly in oils and graphite but also recently have begun experimenting in acrylic and watercolour.

K -When did you know that you were going to become an artist?

D - I don't consider myself an artist. To me, that is a title that I have not yet earned....I haven't starved enough (so to speak). I am flattered that people are intrigued enough to purchase my work, but in a field that has as much history and prominence, I'll be a mere apprentice for years to come, but it's something that I've loved as far back as I can remember.

K-What was it that led you to, and kept you on your creative path? 

D - My eldest brother, whom I greatly admired, loved to draw so in an effort to emulate him, I took to pencil and paper. My supportive family has always encouraged me. My husband Thor puts up with all of my idiosyncrasies, the oil smells, takes care not to bump into wet paintings, tops up the art supply kitty when it's low and still manages to smile! So it's really been an easy road so far.

K- Describe your creative process?

D - I don't have a studio. I've tried, but I'm most comfortable in my living room with some kind of background noise a must. 

K - What motivates you to create?

D - I believe there is an artist in everyone of aboriginal descent. You look around and see all these wonderful pieces of art done by indigenous Canadians. Certainly our heritage is one that is closer to earth and even though mine has been obscured by a couple of urbanized generations, I feel that my relationship with the earth is my motivation. 

K -What or who inspires you the most?

 D- Every time I leave my apartment I'm inspired by something that this wonderful city of Kamloops throws at me whether it's someone's junk at a yard sale or a boutique's fine window display, there's always food for our creative minds and this city makes it easy when the brush hits canvas. 

K - What is the most difficult thing about creating/doing your work?

D - My own self-criticism. Most of my canvases end up in the dumpster!

K - What is the best thing about creating your work?

 D - When I'm done a work there is a relative sense of satisfaction, but it really doesn't sink in until I see the look on someone else's face. Even then I can be left troubled. I'm quite self-conscious so it's almost like a sense of relief when someone likes what I've done.

K - What is the worst/best moment in your career as an artist?

D - I've been doing portraits for many years and have often been asked to capture deceased loved ones including people, horses, dogs and cats. These commissions have attributed to some of the best feelings that I have experienced ... and some of the worst.

K - What are you working on now?

D - I have been experimenting with a mix of realism and native art in my series called "Integrated", a study of cultural harmonization. 

K - What are your future plans/goals?

D - I am in a perpetual stage of learning so the larger picture is something that I'm not currently in touch with. Naturally my goal is to inspire emotion in my works and if I can continue to get satisfaction from that, maybe I've reached my goal?

K - Do you have any advice or words of wisdom that you would like to share for the next generation of artists?

 D - Creativity can easily be lost in this fast-paced world so it’s important to remind our new generation that beauty exists everywhere and if you can duplicate it in a way, with any medium and still retain some of that beauty, well then you've done it.

If you would like to learn more about Deanna Kolbinson you can find her every Thursday from 10:00  to 2:00 at the Downtown Kamloops Artisan Market right in front of the Library or on Facebook:  Deanna Kolbinson artwork

  

Artist Profiles

  
The Creative Edge - By Karla Pearce

Carly Schmidt – Visual Artist

This week I had an opportunity to visit with upcoming visual artist Carly Schmidt. This artist creates beautiful paintings that are full of light and drama focusing on the female form in silhouette. Most of her figurative paintings Schmidt also utilises the suggestion of kinetic energy flowing through her figures like a dance of wind.

Schmidt creates one of kind portraits of animals and pets on commission and is currently taking a break from her position as Assistant Manager of the Kamloops Artisan Market to work in Alberta.

The following is an interview with Carly Schmidt

Karla: What is your background and artistic medium?

Carly: I am a self taught acrylic artist born and raised in Kamloops BC.

Karla: What inspired you to become an artist?

Carly: As soon as I could hold a crayon I could not stop coloring, once I held a paint brush I couldn’t stop painting.  Art and the process of creating is just a part of me.

Karla: Describe your creative process.

Carly: I rarely can go a day without painting.  As soon as I sit down in my studio and pick up a brush I instantly relax and time seems to fast forward.   

Karla: What motivates you to create/ work?

Carly: I love beauty, nature and creativity in people.  I get inspired every day from something as simple as a piece of wood to as complicated as human emotion.   When I wake up until I fall asleep (up to 18 hour days of painting and promoting) I am motivated and want to paint.

Karla: What is the most difficult thing about creating/ doing your work?

Carly: Balancing life and art.  It takes a lot of work to make it as an artist.  Whether it was working a side job while creating a new line or a lull between commissions I really had to work hard not to starve sometimes and keep focused get through to succeed. 

Karla: What is the best thing about creating/ doing your work?

Carly:  It is my me time and the best way to sooth my busy mind.  I get to spend so many hours covered in paint hanging out with my dog in my studio. 

Karla: What was the worst /best moment in your career?

Carly: The best moment of my career was finally being able to be a full time artist.  I worked full time jobs while painting full time for many years to get to this point.  I can’t say I have a worst moment in my career.  Sometimes things I tried was a big success and sometimes it wasn’t but no matter what I learn something new to take forward into my journey.

Karla: What are you working on now?

Carly: I am working on a new line that captures the strength and peace in women.  I have so many wonderful women in my life and they all inspire me in so many ways.  I want people who see them to feel inspired and happy.


Karla: What are your future plans/goals?

Carly: I have been doing a lot of business painting (mostly pet portraits) on commission but I would love to get into galleries all across Canada as well as continue to expand more for my international customers.

Karla: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom that you would like to share for the next generation of artists?

Carly: Never stop creating and work on your business and social skills just as much as your technique.

Karla: How do we find you?

Carly Schmidt
www.SchmidtFacedArtistry.ca
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Instagram
Schmidtfacedartistry@gmail.com