@inkblotsart – I’m doing this via iPhone so I apologize for any delays!
Q – #1 No worries. iWon’t get mad about an iPhone. :) So to start @inkblotsart, tell us where you grew up and where you went to school?
A: I lived in St. Paul until I was 5 then lived most of my childhood in Little Canada, a St. Paul suburb.
I went to Roseville HS for high school, spend 4 years at the U of M and graduated from Globe College (now Globe University).
*Spent 4 years…yay iPhone auto correct. :)
Q – #2 So how did you get to become a digital artist, and please also explain what your art form is?
A: I went to school for graphic design and absolutely love working on computers. I’ve always been somewhat artistic so it was a good fit
Digital art is art created using a computer as your medium. Whether it’s painting, collage, fractals, etc.
I became a digital artist because I was rejected from interior design school. I failed my portfolio review b/c I used too much color!
Q – #3 Failure brought you to a good place! :) So explain what your collages are about and where ppl can see them now.
A: Well I have 3 different facets of work: location collages, mixed media collages and custom work.
The location collages are based on a city, neighborhood, college or event. I go out and take all of the photographs for them.
The mixed media collages are mostly focused around vintage themes & use advertisements from old magazines.
The custom work is collages that are created for individuals or businesses using photos & other items that they provide me with.
Q – #4 You now have a gallery opening up where people can see your work. Where is it, and when does it open?
A: People can find my work at retail stores around town and at art fairs during the summer.
The gallery is called Studio at 795 and is located at 795 Raymond Ave in St. Paul. Right down the street from Keys Restaurant.
The grand opening is tonight!! From 7-10. Live music & cupcakes!!
It’s a collaboration with my boyfriend Karl Johnson, who is a photographer. He’ll be here tonight shooting portraits for $25.
We’ll be open tomorrow from 10-5 for a more family friendly event. Hot cider & cookies & balloons for kids.
Q – #5 Cool! Now to you personally: what are you FAVS – restaurant, store, winter activity, tech gadget & color.
A: Favorite restaurant: Cecil’s Deli. Fave store: toss up between Ikea & West Photo. Fave gadget: my iPhone!
I just learned to snowboard so I can’t say it’s my absolute favorite winter activity just yet, but it’s getting there. :) #jectv
And as my Twitter profile says, I’m a chartreuse fanatic, or any kind of lime-ish green color. My dad now calls it “Giesla green”.
Q – #6 Funny! :) So to end, what is a thought of the day or a mantra that you would like to share with everyone?
A: I have a print behind my desk that says “you’ve gotten this far, keep going.” It reminds me that you have to keep moving forward.
@JoelECarlson – Very good! It was a pleasure to meet you and all the best to you and Karl on your new studio. Thanks for your time.
@inkblotsart – Thanks so much, Joel! It was great chatting with you.
PHOTO – Karl Johnson of Scape Photography – www.scape-photo.com