I love chatting with artists on a daily basis getting their take on how they view art. I spoke wth artist Liz Kelly Zook about her artistic background and how she got started.
"I come from a family of artists. I never learned technique in the classroom, but I consider my entire life a learning process as far as art is concerned," says Liz.
She notes how much she loves the simplicity of expression. I love that you can get a range of emotion from a single picture.
"I'm passionate about art in life in general; about creating; about encouraging others to appreciate, or take part in, art," says Liz. "But I couldn't tell you how and I couldn't explain why. It's just always been there."
Liz began painting superheroes/villians for pure enjoyment, but then, it turned into something bigger.
"I've always been a fan of costumes and dressing up. Costumes are fun and they can give you a pretty big confidence boost. Why not take that one step further with a more permanent memento such as a portrait of yourself as a favorite superhero/villain?" says Liz. "Instead of getting the benefits of dressing up for one day, you end up with something that makes you feel pretty rad every time you look at it."
Who doesn't like playing dress-up? I mean, why do you think kids look forward to Halloween every year? It's a day where you can be whomever you want to be and that's well, fun!
The next question I needed to know was probably the most important on my list....
How/why did you become an artist?
I've been an artist for as long as I can remember. In the past few years I've been allowed the freedom to finally dig into it on a professional level.
Then, I asked another question that was rather crucial.
What inspires you the most about being an artist?
I am inspired by the most by other artists. I am inspired by their work ethic and their dedication to their art. I am most inspired by their eagerness to help other artists.
I can get really excited and passionate about an idea for a painting.
The act of painting is kind of the opposite of that to me, though. It's kind of like meditating. I completely zone out. I'm relaxed; content. When I'm painting I'm connected to the canvas. The feelings don't come until I pull myself away.