Artist Daily Interview
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|October 21, 2011|
If You Don't Enjoy the Creative Process, Then It's Over.
Artist of the Month: Tonja Sell
A new member to Artist Daily, Tonja Sell is the kind of artist whose creativity has so many places it wants to go that nothing is off limits, especially when it comes to the materials she uses. For years, Sell has been perfecting her art and exploring many visual mediums, including fused glass, metal-glass-oil painted sculpture, felting, printmaking, photography, pottery and ceramic sculpture, watercolor, acrylic painting, mixed-media, sewing, charcoal, pastels, and oils, with a few other odds and ends thrown in.
Artist Daily: What are your first memories of making art?
Tonja Sell: I grew up in a very creative home. My father was a builder and is currently a full-time glass blower and my mother was a high school art teacher. It was evident early on that making things was very much a part of my nature. I was continually building forts and making mud sculptures. One of my earliest memories of "making art" was from the age of about four; a young friend and I painted automobiles in an apartment complex parking lot with house paint that we had found!
AD: Are you a full-time artist? If not, how have you made art a part of your life?
After college, I did freelance illustration, public murals, and worked on a few minor book projects. I also taught art to children and adults and continued to sell glass fusing at street fairs. I worked when I could while raising and home-schooling four children, now ages 6 to 17, and I was able to get some drawings and paintings in a few galleries.
AD: Do you prefer one medium to another?
TS: I'm in an experimental mode right now and I'm interested in so many things that it can be difficult to focus. Drawing is my first love. I love the feel of the paper, the noise the tool makes as I am working it, the motion of it. I am pretty aggressive as I work. I just love making marks!
AD: What subject matters do you favor and why?
The human element is also important to me. People, usually women, are a reoccurring subject. Though I am interested in nature themes and landscape I find it more difficult to interpret them in a way I am comfortable with and find they don't hold my attention the same way the figure does.
P.S. Be sure to submit your work for our Self-Portrait Competition. I would love to see an Artist Daily member take this one home. Good luck!