What direction is your work currently heading in? / Where do you want it to go?
I’m hoping to experiment more in my sea life paintings and develop a style that is completely my own. I also want to create a story using some of these paintings to publish them into children’s books.
What other artists or things (music, performances, family, friends, etc…) influence your work?
Scuba diving in particular has greatly influenced the paintings I’m currently working on. Most of my immediate family members and I became certified divers over the past seven years and our scuba trips have greatly impacted our lives. In my case, being exposed to all the marine life we’ve seen gave me the passion and drive to create fish and other sea creatures by painting using bright and vivid colors.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I was working on a painting that was frustrating me and my professor, Greg Scheckler, came up to me and asked why. I told him I hated it. I had no idea what colors to choose, how big my brush strokes should be, and how to make the painting look good overall. He simply told me to go for whatever your mind allows you to. Paint whatever happens and if it works, great! If not, then you can always go back and try again. Art is so forgiving!
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I’m planning to finish my Education degree and complete my student teaching next fall semester. I’m hoping to find a teaching job afterwards or possibly work at Kidspace in MASS MoCA. Hopefully the road of life will lead me in the right direction!
Do you plan on being a fulltime artist or do you plan on having a separate career along side of your artistic practices?
My dream is to become a Kindergarten teacher at some point in my life. If and when I achieve that dream, I will also spend time working on my art and try to master other techniques and possibly creating some of my own.
See more about Georgia here. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!
Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51.