1. How does your creative process work?
2. How does your art differ from others in the same genre?
3. What are you working on right now?
It usually starts with an vintage image, gelli printed paper or collection of ephemera. This leads me to my stash of papers, ephemera and odds & ends to pull pieces that fit together to make a story of my central figure. Once I have collected several items that visually represent the person or era of my piece, I start to lay it out on my canvas adjusting as I go before attaching with gel medium to a canvas. Usually, I cut out my vintage figure in white cardstock and add it to the canvas. By using gel medium over the white cardstock, this allows me to use Faber Castell Pitt Artist Markers, with india ink, to "paint" my ladies. Recently, I purchase a Gelli Arts® Plate and have started making my own backgrounds and little abstract pieces.
How is my art different than others in my genre?
I have always dabbled in several media of art, but never truly found my niche until I started to explore mixed media. It started with "she art" and eventually it became more about my "painted ladies" and their story. I was asked to create a piece for cartoonist, Jeff Koterba. I gathered information about him and set out to create a collage that was unique to him...realizing that I haI enjoy working on commissioned pieces that involve embedding ephemera into the background that represent the person who will be receiving the art. I have had the honor of creating pieces to honor military service, celebrate upcoming births and marriages.
Currently, I am working on several canvases for an upcoming local art show here in Fort Worth, Texas: Art Goggle. I was given a very nice framed matted poster after the glass had broken. It has moved from house to house over the years, but I decided that it was beggin' to be upcycled. I used a scrapbook layout that I found while cleaning out my studio and enlarged the pattern 4 times. I have recently started creating youtube channel, Debby Epps, tutorial videos and expanding my activity in online art communities to connect with more artist.
I am happy to be able to introduce you to three more talented artist (click on names to visit their blogs)and their blogs:
1. Gina B. Ahrens, a inspiring artist I know through the facebook group: Krazy Island Family, http://www.ginabahrens.com/blog_page
2. Carrie Jackson, a fellow artist from Facebook group, Art Exchange, Happy Mail Love, www.thejaxon4.blogspot.com
3, Jennie Sanderson, a fellow artist from Facebook group, Art Exchange, Happy Mail Love, www.jenniesayblog.blogspot.com
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