Monday, November 3, 2008
Featured Artist: Wendy Conrad
1. Tell us a bit about yourself! My name is Wendy Conrad. I grew up in South Florida and now live in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains with my husband and 2 rescue dogs, Camille & Elsie. I am a novice wine lover & amateur karaoke singer.
2. How long have you been doing your art? I have been taking photographs since 1988, and consistently painting since the beginning of 2007. My creative spirit has recently led me to designing and creating handmade cards and recycled art.
3. Describe your work. What inspires you? The voices in my head give me ideas. Sometimes they all come at once, sometimes I'll go days without having an idea. I write them all down and when I have studio time I go through them and choose a few. I'm inspired by nature and the desire to create things out of materials that would otherwise be thrown away. My work seems to be always morphing as I go along in terms of subject matter and materials. My current original acrylic paintings are mostly farm animals and flowers. I love to paint cows, chickens, and sunflowers. I am now experimenting with more altered art and recycled materials. My recent addiction is handmade cards. My brain pulls me in so many directions, but I try and concentrate on a few at a time.
4. What are your favorite materials to work with? I love using recycled materials. I know a few people in the construction business, so I ask them to save scraps of wood for me. I'm always picking up sticks & rocks and saving things that most people would toss, and later an idea will come to me on how to incorporate those things into my work.
5. How long have you been selling your work? What advice would you give to new sellers? I have been selling my work for about 2 years now, and have been on etsy since May 2008. My best advice for new sellers is to learn how to market your work and WHO to market it to, be patient, and never stop creating. People may not get it at first, but if you are passionate about something that will come across in your work.
Thank you Wendy!
For more info on Wendy Conrad Art, please go to:
Flickr page: flickr.com/photos/wendyconradart