Monday, July 28, 2014

FRANCIEN KRIEG


What is your name?

My name is Francien Krieg

Where are you from?

I am from Holland.


Where do you live?

I now live since one year in a small village called Puiflijk in Gelderland after living for 20 years in The Hague.




When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist?

When I was 16 I quit high school because I got bullied a lot, and i was so sick of it..I started working in clothing shops for a year and had the time to really think about what I wanted to do with my life.I realized that the thing I enjoyed the most was painting and drawing, something that was doing a lot  since I was a child. To go to art academy I needed my high school diploma so I decided to finish high school at some special school for adults, I fitted much better in between these people and got my diploma with high scores. With this diploma I was able to start my education on the art academy The Hague.My father never enjoyed his work and was always complaining about it, because of this I decided to really do something I love to do and not just to earn money.




Who influenced you as an artist?

On art academy i followed the direction : monumental art and I made flesh sculptures , human skins, cocoons and animated movies of a meat head falling apart, now when I look back it this I clearly see a connection to what I am doing now.The degeneration process always has fascinated me.Kiki Smith was an artist I really admired. I felt really connected to her work.Later after graduating from art academy I started painting I found other artists which I found inspiring, mostly people I worked with at the free academy, people I knew personally and appreciated their way of painting. Nowadays there are too many artists I appreciate, to many to name one in particular, it always goes in phase which artist I admire.



What is your favorite medium?

I prefer to work with oil paint, I like the texture and the richness of the colors.





Do you have a studio? 
Where is it? 

My studio is in my house, one of the benefits of moving to a small town is to have more space, in and outside of the house. I used to have studios in The Hague at changing locations for a very low rent, changing the surroundings always had an impact on my work, I also really enjoyed that interaction.But now I can make more hours to work, since I have a son this is also very important, I can easily work an hour in between or in the evenings.



When did you become a mother?

Three years ago I became a mother of my son Tobias.I love being a mother , I cannot explain in words how deep that feeling goes. According to my painting career, that was on a lower level for a few years..it is a small sacrifice for something so beautiful.Since one year now I have the feeling I am really into my work again and I have the energy and time to develop my work more to a next level.




What are your challenges as a mother artist? 

Tobias is going to the creche for 3 days a week, before my son was born I was always working, everyday and even weekends and evenings, so i really have much less time to work now.Somehow I don't really see this as a problem. Becoming a mother also gives a lot of peace inside, and gives more depth to my life and makes me realize what is important in life. I rather make less paintings but have better quality, I am more critical now to the work I make then before.


What has been the driving force behind keeping a balance between being a mother and an artist?

The desire to make art has always been the driving force for me , it makes me happy.




When do you spend time making art?

3 days a week and in the evenings as much as I can.



How many children do you have?
Do you want more?

I have one son and I would like to have one more child.













Have you ever considered giving up art in order to be a mother? 

I would never give up painting in order to be a mother , thank god  I don't have to make such a decision, I realize that I am very lucky with my life.



Do you have support from your family and friends to keep making art? 

My family has always supported me in my choices to become and being an artist , I come from a pretty artistic family were making music and art is normal. 8 years ago I met my husband and he has also always been very supportive, we actually met on a exhibition of my work, so he already had an interest in art. lucky me.



Do you feel like you are taken seriously as a mother artist? 

Sometimes I feel  like not to mention to much that I am a mother , because in the gallery world I did hear a lot that they prefer to work with male artists over working with female artist who have the risk they can became pregnant... I thought it was pretty shocking soo it did effect my attitude in this subject.I know it shouldn’t but it did.






Has becoming a mother influenced your art? 

Becoming a mother did affect my work, it made me think even more about death . I really hate the fact that everybody knows they will die one day but since I have Tobias I am much more emotional about death and scared of dying at a young age... I don't want to miss him growing up because I think it is so wonderful, so the urge to paint older people became even stronger. Every painting I make of an older lady I see as a self portrait.It is a way for me to try to accept the fact I will die one day and the fact the aging process you see on the outside is  the road to that point. Sometimes I see a lot of beauty in this aging process and sometimes I mostly fear and hate it... there are many sides to his subject and I try to capture these different perspectives in my paintings.Now I am in a phase I mostly want to show the strong active older ladies, I sometimes meet the most amazing elderly, people who are still very active,traveling , interested in culture, falling in love, having sought after and starting a new education... I have such deep respect for these ladies ,they are my role models, it seems they have no fear of death and life.I hope people can find this message in my work.





Do you think mother artists are taken seriously in society?

I think women are taken a little less serious then men in general.




What do you say when someone asks “what does your husband do for a living?” 

Normally I don't get that question… if they would ask that I would say he is an account manager.

Are you offended by such a question?

No, depends on how the conversation goes and what kind of vibes I get from it.Sometimes when people hear what I do for a living they first think that it is sort of a hobby, but when i explain it is my job and I am pretty ambitious about it they get more respect for it.





What have you learned about balancing motherhood and your passions?

Motherhood is also a passion, it is great to make a combination of these two passions , the private life is very important also.



What advice can you offer other mother artists about pursuing their passions regardless of their situation?

Go for it and fight for it! It is the most important thing to do something you really enjoy.







What do you want to be remembered for as an artist?

As someone who  tried to show compassion and non judgmental. Hopefully I can pass on those thoughts to other people.











To learn more about the work of Francien Krieg please visit : 

http://www.francienkrieg.com/index/189613_page.html#.U9ZxD9x0UzU


Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/francien.krieg


*All photographs belong to and were submitted by the artist. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MEAGAN BOONE






What is your name and tell us a little about where you're from?

My name is Meagan Boone, I was born in Greenfield, Indiana, and grew up in Carthage, Indiana. I currently live in the small southern Indiana town of Palmyra, with the population being 924 people, it's 21 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky.




When did you decide you wanted to be an artist?

When I was a girl I never thought of growing up and becoming an artist. My hearts desire was to be a nurse. I was always artistic in school and influenced by my 2nd grade teacher Miss Neal, who saw I had a “natural talent”. I realized I wanted to be a artist, after selling my very first oil painting when I was in high school. It was a picture of an owl flying over a log. My parents worked art shows when I was growing up, dad engraved redwood signs for people and my mom, made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. I would also paint all the eyes on mom's other hand-made dolls. Later on I would sell oil paintings at fairs and craft shows that we did as a family. Back then, people thought we were “gypsies.” I have to admit, we were a different kind of family, not the typical blue collar folks.


Who inspired you as an artist?

I was always inspired by Norman Rockwell. But I find myself these days inspired by all the master artists...Claude Monet, Wassily Kadinsky, oh and Paul Klee. It's really hard to pick one, but the very first one was Norman Rockwell.

My dad took me to my very first oil painting class when I was 10 years old. Zola Wright, from Mays, Indiana was my teacher, and from my understanding, she did not want a 10 year old in her adult class. Somehow dad influenced her to let me attend, and she was pleased with me, since I was so eager to learn. It was a little intimidating at first as the youngest student, but it was then that I fell in love with oil paints. Oils will always be my first love, but somehow, I ended up doing more in the acrylics and mixed-media art.





Do you have a studio ? Where is it?

I have a home-based studio, called My Joyful Art Studio, it's right off of my kitchen. It's my favorite room in the house, it's what I call my “happy place.” I can seat up 10 students in my studio.



When did you become a mother?

I became a mother when I was 24 years old, I would oil paint with my son laying on my lap. It seemed to come natural for me to juggle, motherhood and art. Now I have 3 other boys, I home school, and manage my art too.


I am a joyful mom with 3 boys, ages 14, 13 and 10, plus I have a 23 year old son who is married. They are expecting a baby boy soon. I am very excited about becoming a "Me-me". We are very happy with the size of our family and the ages of our kids. To arrive to this point in my life has been a pleasant journey.



Have you ever considered giving up art in order to be a mother?

The thought of giving up art to be a mother is very painful. So much of me is really an artist. One time I cleaned my studio and took a huge amount of my acrylic paints down to the basement. For a few days in a row, I would go in my studio for something, and almost hyperventilate, because my paints were downstairs. I ended up retrieving all of the paint and put it back in the art room, it was like a breath of fresh air for me. I can honestly say art is like oxygen to me...it's essential.








What are the challenges you face as a mother artist?

 My biggest challenge as a artist/mom is to set aside that time for me to create. I am very creative and have to let it out, and disappear for a little while. I always feel better as a mom, when I can take time out to be ME.




What is the driving force behind mothering and being an artist?

The driving force behind mothering and art-is the fact that I know myself well enough that, if I am not being creative, I get grumpy, short fused, and not fun to be around. That's how I know it's time for me to go in my “happy place” and create. For me, mothering + creative time = a well balanced joyful momma. And I want to be joyful! I have given myself permission to create something everyday and not feel guilty. As mom's we tend to take care of ourselves last, because that's just what we do. Or if we do something for ourselves, we are plagued with guilt. But I have found that by taking care of me and allowing that creative time, I am a better person, and by getting rid of guilt, I have freedom to create and express my true feelings in my art.





When do you spend time creating art?

I spend time creating late at night...when everyone is in bed. It's in the quiet, I can hear myself think, and ideas just come.















Do you have support from your friends and family to continue as an artist?

I have a husband who is supportive and a great group of friends and family who encourage me to create. They are a blessing in my life.

I don't think I have taken myself serious enough as an artist. It was even hard to say, I am an artist. Other people seemed to have noticed me, as an artist, long before I did. As most artist, we are our own worse critic.






Has becoming a mother influenced your artwork?

Mothering has definitely influenced my art. My oldest son, is in a lot of folk art prints I had made years ago. Also, I think being a mother makes you look inward, and become the best you can be for your children. Motherhood has been the best thing that ever happened to me.


Do you think that mother artists are taken seriously in society?

Personally, I feel mother/artists, are not taken seriously in society. People want to be quick to judge, that we are artists, so that automatically labels us as weird, and different from other professions. I have to admit, I am weird, and I am okay with that. When people find out I am an artist, and have a studio, they have asked, what's your husband do? My favorite reply is, “He works hard, so I can stay home and play with the kids and make art.” It doesn't offend me, it makes me laugh.

It began when some older women at church asked me to teach them to paint, so reluctantly, I said, yes. I would go every week and teach them a different painting. Then it was for a home school co-op, teaching children...art just began happening, and opportunities came. Now I have taught for nine years. I have taught children from the age of 4 to people in their 90's. There is so much more to my story, that I can't put it all here, but I think Zola Wright would be pleased to know, she made a huge impression on my life. 

Life is a balancing act...you just learn and go with it. Artist/moms, just have to learn to schedule a special time to break away from the kiddo's and go create, write, dance or sing. Passion always shows up when I schedule my creative time.



What advice can you offer other mother artists who are trying to balance both worlds?

My advice for other artists/moms, is to be true to yourself. True as in identifying-you have a real need to create. It's something that God does, he places it in you. So take time to grow your gift, as that grows and you are nurtured, then as a momma, you can nurture, care and love your children better. No matter your situation, you can always find time, to create, a little something.



What would you like to be remembered for as an artist ?

I would want to be remembered as a Christian artist, who was passionate about God, family and her art. I would like to believe that I encouraged others to follow their heart, follow their dreams and to live with passion. Don't be afraid to use your gifts and remember to be joyful!


To learn more about Meagan Boone and her work please visit : 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Joyful-Art-Studio/121682964577696


*All photos belong to and were submitted by the artist.