A new year, a new artist interview!
I had the pleasure of having Donna Werling in my Fall 2017 Design II class at Wilson College and every project she made was a delight! Always fresh, imaginative and well thought out, her work was a joy to look at and review every week. When we uncovered in class that she also created paintings and illustrations *and* sold on vida…well, I knew I had to interview her stat! Her paintings and illustrations stand alone and as well work amazingly on the products she places them on in her online shop. I can’t wait to see where Donna’s work goes…it’s been a delight getting to know her (and her work!)
C: Schools attended?
D: University of Maryland Baltimore County and Wilson College
C: What is your main focus? (art/design/illustration/other or ye olde combo platter?)
D: My main focus is illustration, but I love most outlets of creativity.
C: Have you always been interested in art/design/illustration? If so, why? If not, what were you interested in?
D: I came in second place in a coloring contest in third grade. I’ve been determined to prove myself ever since. 🙂
C: How did you get into art? What was your spark?
D: My mother painted with oils before I was born. She put it aside for her family. As a teen, I didn’t understand that and thought she shouldn’t have given it up. As an adult, I too had to put art aside for my family, and now she and I mentor each other on making time for our creativity.
C: Goals you’d like to achieve in 1 year? 5 years? A lifetime? (a biggie, I know!)
D: In the next year, I’d like to learn the business end of being an artist, and finish my Studio Arts degree. In 5 years, I’d like to be a full time artist. (I know, right?) My lifetime goal is to earn money doing something I enjoy so much that time seems to fly and I hope that I am able to make others lives a little happier, and more beautiful.
C: Favorite creative and why? (past or present, either’s fine!)
D: I, of course, love Mary Cassatt but there are many others. Cassatt’s bold colors, and familial themes echo my own work, as I focused first on painting my family and I use saturated hues. I admire women who painted despite the limitations of the times they lived in. Paula Modersohn Becker was another artist who used chromatic color in her paintings. Modersohn-Becker’s art is also more modern, which lends to it being more of an artist’s interpretation of a moment in time rather than a perfect replica.
C: Why do you create?
D: I create because color, shape and form make me feel a variety of emotions and take me places I can’t wait to go. When I am creating, time flies. I must be having fun.
C: What (or whom) is your inspiration? Why?
D: My inspirations are my children, my nieces, and my granddaughters. I want them to see that persistence pays off, you can enjoy what you do and an education helps you get there.
C: Where do you see yourself going on your career path? What are your hopes/dreams/aspirations?
D: Like most artists, I’d like to be able to only create art for a living. I’d like to expand upon my studio art degree, and see where it takes me.
C: Best advice you’ve ever received?
D: Not to be so hard on myself. what I tend to think of as flaws in my work is actually my style coming through.
C: Gimme the deets! What’s your instagram/twitter/snap/society6/redbubble/etc and website info?
Artist Alley – Facebook group
Redbubble – buzzdew2u2