The staff at the Art Station - Big Shanty is so excited to debut our newest project; Artist of the Week, now with interviews! We've been reaching out to local and surrounding artists and asking them some questions about their art and their processes. And to kick off this exciting new feature is local artist Kelly Wright!
Where are you from? Does your hometown influence your art in any way?
I was born in Roanoke VA, moved to Winston-Salem NC when I was 6 and have spent the last 30 + years here in Georgia. It's possible I am influenced by "hometown", in the way hometowns can be simple.... but since I've been a few places I'm not sure I'd take too much from that.
What advice would you give artists just starting out, young or old? What did you wish someone would’ve told you when you were starting out?
My advice....well I didn't start real art lessons till just this past year so if you have the urge to learn, or learn more, don't wait. Get you some lessons and Start making art.
Is acrylic painting your main form of creating art or do you work with other mediums?
I've always been artistic, my day time job is a floral designer and I've been doing that kind of Art since I was 17, and I've piddled in painting for quite a few years. For the charity project I have, I only paint in Acrylic. It's cheaper and dries quicker. But oil painting is where my heart is, and since I'm just learning and being trained by Helen DeRamus right now, that it's hard to not get frustrated with the learning process. I want to know it all!! Be patient, it takes a bit to train yourself.
What inspires you to create? Do you have to have certain music or work space when you paint?
When it comes to the painting space my spot is messy, and I don't really listen to music so I can hear my own thoughts.
If you could work with any other Georgia artist, who would it be?
Oh gracious, one of my favorite ATL artists is Chawn Murrah, I also love the work by Virginia Dauth and Mary Jane Huegel.
What are your future plans with your art?
I'm a two time cancer survivor, so the future is important to me.... as in, "don't waste time”. Make a difference while you can, so future plans? Hmm, I hope to get better at the oil painting and with my charity art, I look forward to giving lots more money back to groups making a difference.
We're so happy we heard from Kelly & get to share her work with you. We hope her art can even inspire you to share your work with us as well! Drop offs for our next show "Off the Leash" starts this week!
Find more of Kelly Wright's work at www.awrightcause.com or follow her of Facebook!