Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Featured Member Interview: Liz Miller, CDA

"Under the Old Maple"
Visit Liz's website:  Artful Endeavors
What inspires you to create? 
Creating is a part of me. I’m inspired by the world around me, colors, textures, lines, light and the way they interact. I’ve always gravitated to the creative part of any of my jobs or activities.
As an art teacher, my students inspire me with their desire to learn and their questions about art theory or techniques.

When did you decide to pursue art or did art pursue you?
I’ve been involved in art in one form or another as long as I can remember. As a child my favorite activities involved crayons or building something.

If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
At this point in my life if I weren’t an artist I would be retired and still involved in creative pursuits.  I’m not sure you ever retire from being an artist.

What other jobs have you had which have aided you on your artistic path?
Before I worked at being an artist I was a nurse, a belly dancer, and a dance therapist. I’ve always enjoyed the creative aspects of each job.

"Waiting to Hatch"
At the art supply store, which section do you gravitate to first?
An art store is like a candy store to me, so much to look at and explore. I usually end up at the paints, or pencils, or anything involving color.

What new technique or art form would you like to learn? Do you have plans to do so?
I’ve been exploring textures and mixed media, colored pencils, and watercolors. More portrait work is high on my to do list.

If you could do anything, and knew you could not fail, what would you choose to do?
I would provide an art studio/gallery/venue where any of my talented students or artistic friends could come to teach, create, dance or follow their creative urges. I would involve as many people in art as possible. I would have a large room for dance performances and Zumba workouts.
I would be an artist, wife, horsewoman, cat lover, Zumba enthusiast, belly dancer, art supporter, teacher, and friend. 

Sounds like you're living your dream, Liz!  Thanks for the interview.