Thursday, May 12, 2011

May Member Interview: Donna Sloma

Donna Sloma

What inspires you to create?
Pretty much anything I walk past, thumb through, watch, or shop for! I am always attracted to color combinations and textures. The towels displayed in Target, to the ads in a health journal, get my mind going with the possibilities.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I have created since I was young and in school; and scouts. It was always a pretty great idea to spend time doing something and ending up with a product! When I moved to North Carolina in 1998, I became a stay at home mother. Many years of Cub Scout leading, class “momming”, and religious education perfected my kid-art skills. But so many of the ideas that capture the imagination of kids also can be altered to suit adult tastes!

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I can’t imagine not being an artist. But if I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue art like I do now, I can see myself having gone back to school over the last few years, probably to refresh my nursing.

What other jobs have you had which aided you on your artistic path?
I found a local store several years ago, and used to buy craft supplies there. I ended up teaching art/craft classes and loved sharing my techniques with others.

At the art supply store, which section do you gravitate to first?
Now and forever, it’s the paper.

What new technique or art form would you like to learn? Do you have plans to do so?
I really love beeswax collage! I took a class last year with Suze Weinberg, who made it so much fun, and before that, I was introduced to the medium by our very own Christine Candora-Hickey! I am taking an encaustic workshop this month with Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch!

If you could do anything, and knew you could not fail, what would you choose to do?
I would definitely own a store! (craft store, consignment gallery, co-op, etc)

With your work in it Donna, it would be a wonderful place!  Thanks for the interview.


Jeanne Rhea said...

Great interview. Always nice to learn a little more about those we see at meetings!

~debbie turner altman said...

Great interview and Donna, I truly think with this group's support, you would NOT fail. You would succeed famously! I say GO FOR IT!

Penny L Arrowood said...

WONDERFUL interview -- and aren't you just full of secrets Miss Donna :-) I totally agree with Debbie, tho', you've got a 'built in fan base'! I have no doubt that whatever comes your way, you are well equipped to maximize the opportunity!