Before introducing you to my next highlighted Artist. Let me explain the reasoning behind these artist interviews.
The main reason is that during our travels we enjoy many various forms of art, some in prominent places such as in museums, art galleries or street, to even footpath art. It is a part of ordinary life for many, and very much a part of a housesitter’s life. Those that do take the route of making a living out of it, though fueled by passion it is still very much a hard road to follow.
This is my way of supporting and highlighting artists who I have come to know via blogging or family/friends. Their art tells so many stories.
So now let me introduce to my next Artist.
Erin the blogger is instantly noticeable.
For me, it is her passionate writing. How could she not be passionate as a writer? She writes about her unique world. Her love and main inspiration are derived from her family, friends and surroundings. Her descriptive writing style draws you in which is exactly what her artwork does. Each piece giving you a small glimpse into her world. Thank you, Erin, for taking the time to do this interview.
When did art become a part of your life?
Art has been a part of my life in some shape or form for as long as I can remember.
I love creating things with my hands. Gardening, woodworking, and writing have all been a large part of my life. While attending college, I started a small gardening business that I still run today. Every spring I look forward to helping my clients clean up their gardens, plant new plants, and design new garden spaces and container gardens. When the Minnesota weather turns cold in the fall, and the gardens are put to sleep
for the winter, I fill my time with woodworking projects.
My father is a talented carpenter, so I had a wonderful teacher and role model to learn from. His lessons in safety, perfectionism, and creativity have been priceless. Who am I kidding, I still call him with woodworking questions, and he’s always happy to help. Some of my most recent projects include large barn doors, a rustic headboard, a chicken coop and run, and a large deck. Aside from gardening and woodworking, I also enjoy writing.
Writing has always been a creative outlet for me. Just last year, I started a blog – Unbound Roots. I have fallen in love with the creativity that is involved with writing, photo editing, and putting everything together to make an interesting story.
It wasn’t until September of 2017 that I found a new creative passion – watercolour painting. The day I had my watercolour awaking, I was working on a school assignment with my children (and I decided to join in). The assignment was to complete an animal painting with watercolour paints, so I chose a rabbit because my daughter was having a rabbit-themed birthday the following week. To my surprise and delight, painting the rabbit was a lot of fun, and it didn’t look too shabby. This is the day my watercolour journey began, and I hope it never ends.
Did you learn to the finer points of painting the conventional way via an Art School? Or are you more self-taught?
In the past, I have taken two Introduction to Watercolor courses. The first one was in college as I was one elective course short of receiving an undergraduate degree, and I thought that watercolour painting sounded interesting. The second introduction to watercolour class was nine years later when my mother-in-law asked me if I wanted to take a community watercolour course with her. I had all the supplies, so I thought “Why not?” I enjoyed both classes, but I did not fall in love with the watercolour painting at the time. Our assignments were elementary, which you expect in an introductory course, but they didn’t inspire me. However, I did learn about colour theory, brush techniques, and more that would aid me in my future watercolour journey – the rest is self-taught.
What inspired you to continue painting after you painted the rabbit?
What inspired me were the subjects that I painted. The next three paintings would be a horse, a chicken, and a trout (which my son had requested I paint for his 9th birthday). I love animals. I love being around animals, observing animals, and experiencing the relationships between animals and between humans and animals. But, animals are not my only inspiration, people are too.
I love painting for people. Whether a person is in need of a pick-me-up or someone’s story has touched me in some way, it’s at these times that I feel inspired to paint.
Funny enough, most of these paintings also involve animals in some way, shape, or form. When I began painting animals, I knew I would never stop.
Do you find the combination of writing and painting a cohesive partnership?
Yes, and no.
Yes, because each painting I have completed has a story behind it, so it’s an easy way to tie my writing in with it.
No, because it’s hard to choose whether to spend my time on painting or on writing (or my woodworking projects for that matter). I wish there were 10 more hours within each day so I could enjoy each hobby a little bit more. I guess you could say this is a good problem to have.
Erin, we love your animal paintings. Are you thinking of creating a blog to showcase your paintings?
I’m not planning a new blog at this time; however, I did just create a new “Painting” category on my current blog, Unbound Roots. I am genuinely excited to share more of my paintings along with their stories.
Outside of Art what inspires you?
I think the easier question would be “What doesn’t inspire you?”.
Here is a list of a few of my top inspirations:
- Research inspires me. I am curious about so many things, and with the World Wide Web at my fingertips, I can learn the answers to most questions that pique my interest.
- Nature inspires me. My family and I walk, ski, or hike every day – our dogs wouldn’t have it any other way.
- There’s not a walk, hike, or ski that goes by where nature doesn’t amaze us in some way – giant trumpeter swans flying overhead, a conservationist stopping to show and educate us on mosquito larvae, marvelous sunsets, the smell of the sweet clover growing on the side of the road, day-old ducklings waddling after their mother, or the haunting call of the common loon echoing across a lake – I could go on and on.
- My family inspires me. The love, support, curiosity, learning, inspiration, and faith that flows through our home means the world to me.
- People inspire me. I love having deep conversations with people. I also enjoy reading things others have written. This past year, I have spent quite a bit of time delving into the world of blogging, not only to start my own blog but to explore others. I’ve met so many wonderfully interesting people, read so
many entertaining articles and I continue to be inspired – daily.
- Can I use you as an example, Suzanne?
Your blog, Globalhousesitterx2, was one of the first blogs that I was drawn to when I started blogging. The thorough information you provided on each post, your beautiful photos, and your worldly travels were enough to draw me in and keep me coming back for more. Plus, who knew that global housesitting
was a thing? Another lesson learned.
Thank you very much, Suzanne, for this interview opportunity!
Web site: https://www.unboundroots.com/