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Artist Spotlight: Heather Davies- DeVoe

April 8, 2017

Forgive the delay- I had somehow managed to misplace my notes so this interview was a little postponed- an absolute special thank you to our guest for her unending patience with me. Please join me in welcoming our month’s interviewee, and be on the lookout for next month’s… when I finally find my notes!

 

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A personal favorite of Davies- DeVoe’s: Angel of Dance, 2017            (I am using this gif with express consent of the artist, please respect the integrity of her work and buy it- admiring is free, but don’t steal!)

Davies- DeVoe is an artist whose work is often quite eye-catching. I find myself loving the evolution of each piece she creates, and the finished product is never anything to scoff at! She uses an amazing array of colors and has a style that’s breath-taking. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

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1. How long have you been a writer/artist?


Oh goodness. I would say since I could hold a crayon? My mom had me watching a lot of Bob Ross growing up, so had the Happy Little Trees in daycare when everyone else had their triangles. It’s just always been something I’ve done.


2. Who do you most identify with (living, dead, real or fictional)?


Actually a couple of web comic characters; specifically Faye from Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, and Vanessa from Something Positive by Randall Keith Milholland. I’ve had several people ask me if either of those writers knew me in some way, and neither do (although I am friends on facebook with Milholland and senpai has noticed me on occasion.)


3. Tell us a fun and interesting fact about one of your projects?


In every single one of my pieces, I wind up writing notes on them in white charcoal (it wipes off) and some of them are apparently hilarious. A friend comes over every now and then and sees I’ve written “flowery bullshit here”, or “Wingy shit here”.  When I can’t get a face to work out right, I have a printed picture of Hugh Jackman with googly eyes that I glued on to hang over it so I don’t zone in and focus too much on how bad it looks.


4. Of your own work, which specific piece would you be excited to be known best for?


My Angels series, without a doubt. On one hand I’ve funneled a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into them, and also the whole idea behind them was to show how the world isn’t always terrible.


5. If you could, who would you ask to look at your work?


Misha Collins. I credit him and my husband for getting me to start creating again, and I’d kind of like to tell him that this is all his fault. I get to tell my husband every day.


6. What is your main inspiration?


Gag alert here, but I’d have to say my husband and my home. We’ve worked very hard to surround ourselves with love, and I like to think I can funnel that into my work and share it.


7. Where do you get your ideas?


Basically everywhere. I did a drawing once based off of a whorl in the  wood on my closet door. Sometimes it’s a shape, sometimes it’s a color, sometimes I’m just dozing off and a picture builds itself in my head and can’t wait for me to get itself out.


8. How do you overcome writer’s/artist’s block?


I inhale.
After a while with the output you do, you have to stop and give yourself a little something. It’s breathing. You inhale by looking, by reading, by learning. You exhale, and you create. You have to have both or you will die.


9. In which genre do you enjoy working the most (horror, mystery, abstract, etc.)?


I love this nearly cartoonish realism I’ve been working on. I have enough flexibility that I don’t have to focus on absolute perfection, but I have this definite something to work from.


10. How long does it take you to complete a project?


It depends. Sometimes it interrupts everything else I do and I can work quickly- I did the first Angel in less than a week. But sometimes they want to take a little longer- sometimes months. Since I work in acrylics for the most part I don’t have to worry so much about drying times and I can move right on to the next part.


11. What would you tell aspiring writers/artists?


Do not ever stop. Do something, anything. Just do everything. Do everything, feel everything, know everything. This work is important.


12. Who is your favorite independent writer/artist?


Honestly, I can’t have one. I love everything I see. I have so many artists whose work I follow, and so many that I know personally and love. I guess if you twisted my arm and made me spit out a name I’d say Samantha Darr, but only because she tells everyone she won me in her divorce.


13. Who is your favorite mainstream writer/artist?


Frida Kahlo. Her colors and imagery have struck me since the first time I saw her work. Also, the only painting that literally made me cry was Leonardo’s Lady with an Ermine, which I had the extreme pleasure of seeing in person in Houston more than a decade ago. Note to whoever set up the lighting for the piece in the Museum of Fine Art Houston- the glare was horrible, and the guards were eyeballing me when I had to lean over the barrier to see the brush marks on the face.


14. Do you do anything in order to prepare for your painting sessions?


Same as I guess everyone does. I get all my supplies in order, make sure my stuff is clean and everything is ready, make sure I’m not wearing anything I don’t want coated in paint, and get something to drink and to listen to. The only sort of special thing I do is light one of those white glass pillar candles from the dollar store. It’s more of a superstition thing for me anymore.


15. And, most importantly, do you have a favorite hot or cold beverage and/or snack that you like to have with you while working?


That depends on the season, really. During the summer I’ll nurse a pitcher of sweet tea and work on tomato sandwiches from my garden. During the winter I live on milk and dry frosted wheat cereal.

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If there is anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask what you like in the comments.  When I give the option to ask questions and to connect with the guest, I expect a modicum of respect. I will delete any attempts to be a horrid troll.

If there are other authors/artists you would like to learn about, or if you would like to be featured, let me know- but  be realistic. i’ll have an easier time trying to contact an indy than i would stephen king or tim burton. although, how marvelous would that be?

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