'World Famous on ArterNet Art' - Featured Guest Artist - Kellie Spence.
|“Jetty in Fiji" commission” |
Oil on canvas 1200 x 600mm
ANA: What difficulties or major hurdles have you had to overcome, if any, on your journey to becoming the successful, established artist we see today?
Kellie: I feel a successful and established artist is someone who can cover all their living costs through selling their art. I’m not there yet but hopefully I am on my way!
A big hurdle has been trying to teach myself the skills of painting and selling my
own art (which I find very difficult) while teaching.
Kellie: I was originally inspired by Tim Wilson’s works and at a similar time, the
artist, Ross Lee, had a gallery in Whakatane and he allowed to me to hang around and watch him paint which was an incredible inspiration.
Kellie: Yes, I have always loved landscapes and after finally visiting the South Island of New Zealand, I just had to paint the incredible mountains and rivers that felt like being in another world.
ANA: I see you use oils, what was it about the medium you've chosen that attracted you?
Kellie: There’s no comparison to the smooth blending that can be achieved with oil paints. I love that you can glaze colours on top of others to create some really cool effects.
|“Evening at Aoraki” |
Oil on canvas 600 x 600mm
ANA: Kellie, can you explain to us a bit about your chosen techniques and how you use them.
Kellie: I change my techniques depending on what subject I’m painting, the size of the painting, and how long it might take to paint. I tend to do an imprimatur and underpainting first then when that’s dry I’ll do a “block-in” of the main colours all prima/wet-on-wet. Then continue to to add details until I’m happy with the overall result.
ANA: Can you share some insights into your process from conception to creation
Kellie: Every painting starts with a small sketch to get my head around composition and mood. I chose the size the painting will be then draw or paint the outline of the subject. I’ll start with a simple “block-in” of colours wet-on-wet then add layers of details and glazing to bring the painting to life.
|These are the steps Kellie takes, through to completion.|
ANA: Where does your inspiration come from mainly?
Kellie: Because I love painting landscapes and New Zealand is full of incredible
landscapes, most of my inspiration comes from the landscape around me. I’m also hugely inspired by lots of different types of art and artists, especially the Old Masters.
Kellie: Through reading lots of art books and watching lots of art videos, my
knowledge of colours and composition has definitely improved since I started a few years ago.
Oil on canvas 750 x 400mm
ANA: Give us an overview about a piece of your work that holds
particularly fond memories and why?
Kellie: This piece might have to be the one that was asked to be in one of
Christchurch’s best galleries. I had it showing at an art show and the owner of
Bryce Gallery liked it enough to show at her gallery which was an absolute highlight of my art career so far.
ANA: Is there anything in particular that inspires you to create art?
Kellie: The Old Masters’ works that hang in the galleries get me fired up to go home and paint every time I see them! It’s mind-blowing what some people could and can do with pigments and brushes.
ANA: What has been your favourite or most memorable art sale?
Kellie: They’re all amazing! It’s always a great feeling knowing that someone enjoys looking at the time and effort you put into something enough that they are willing to give you their hard-earned cash for it to hang in their home.
ANA: Marketing your artwork: do you have any tips? Do you struggle with marketing and what areas could you use some guidance in?
Kellie: I absolutely struggle with selling myself.
ANA: How has your arts business/career changed over the past 6 months or year?
Kellie: Last year I was working 5 days a week and painting on the weekends, now I’m working 3 days a week and painting every day if I can.
ANA: Do you have any hobbies, sports or interests other than art?
Kellie: I love going outdoors and being active. My favourite thing to do besides painting is travelling.
I love being immersed in new surroundings and culture - it’s amazing inspiration for my painting.
Kellie: My main goal is to be able to live off painting full-time.
Kellie: Paint every day! The best teacher is practice!
|“Farm commission” Oil on canvas|
600 x 450mm
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