Interview With Artist Sandy Gatlin
What is your medium and why did you chose it?
My abstract art is done in Acrylic mostly. I basically use a palette knife and brushes.
How long have you been making art?
I was an Art Major way back in college, however, approximately 6-8 years ago, I really started to develop my abstract work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from nature, colors of the day, just things I see as I go along.
What does your studio look like?
My studio is an Arizona room in our house. Small, but an effective place for me to work, sometimes organized, sometimes not. When I am in my studio, there is nothing else on my mind. There are no worries to deal with, no troubles to handle, no work to clock....it is the one time of the day that I can just be me, for me, and loving what I do and the results I see.
What is your favorite time of day to make art?
The best time for me to create is between 5:00am and 8:30am...in the still of the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day hits my brain!
Do you listen to music or have complete silence when you work?
I do listen to music, all sorts of music, while I paint. If I get stuck, I change up the music and the paint starts to flow. Just recently I painted while listening to Susan Boyle singing "Wild Horses" and I created a fabulous painting just going with how it felt to me.
Describe your creative process.
I take 20 mins of play first thing in my studio a day. I have lots of scratch paper, workbooks, old things, just throw some work and experiment. Sometimes it is just a line drawing, sometimes it is full paint...it is just 20 mins. From that my ideas come and go. I find if I religiously show up, I am successful when I work a piece done with intent.
What else would you like people to know about you or your art?
I teach abstract art weekly to adults and I do an Annual "Gallery of Success" Art Show featuring their work every January. This year we had approx 200 people attend. The students did two large collaborative paintings, auctioned them off and 100% $ went to the Salt River Wild Horses!