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Artist Interview: Sharon Weickgenant

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 I have loved art since I was young. It always intrigued me that some­one could actu­al­ly paint scenes from life. I have always con­sid­ered paint­ings as a spe­cial trea­sure to cherish.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 I have always want­ed to take draw­ing lessons but nev­er had enough time to try it out. After my kids “ left the nest” a friend and I decid­ed to take draw­ing lessons at a local rec dept. I LOVED IT. After about 1–1/2 years of draw­ing lessons we decid­ed to take water­col­or lessons from this same teacher(She’s won­der­ful!) I dis­cov­ered that I loved water­col­or too!! After about 1–1/2 years of water­col­or I went on to learn acrylic…I loved that too. All this hap­pened in the pre­vi­ous five years.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 I think I answered this ques­tion in the pre­vi­ous question.
What is your process like?
 First I see a picture,/take a pic­ture of some­thing I love. When the time is right, either the right sit­u­a­tion or sea­son or cir­cum­stance, I will paint that pho­to. I begin with a back­ground col­or that I think will sup­port the sub­ject in some useful/dramatic/soft,etc way. Then I fig­ure out where in the can­vas the sub­ject should be… I have an idea of how I want it to look and do a lot of think­ing about how I will accom­plish that look. I am a very slow painter because I am a begin­ner and also because I con­tin­ue to change my paint­ing until it looks the way I like it.
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
 I real­ly don’t know what an artist’s state­ment is.
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 My back­ground usu­al­ly kind of evolves. The sub­ject… I pret­ty much want it to be very sim­i­lar to the ref­er­ence pic­ture with maybe a few changes that I make. ( I hope this answers the question)
Where do you see your work going from here?
 I am so excit­ed to paint and I want to paint every­thing! I am start­ing to learn the human body parts and study­ing land­scapes. I would like to start pas­tels in the new year. The big obsta­cle keep­ing me from painting/drawing as much as I’d like is time and the lack there of.

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