With all her other accomplishments and creative talents, she has found time to be manager and a member of Mind Body Spirit Marketplace on 1000Markets.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I have enjoyed learning about this multi-talented artist.
How did you get your start in the world of art?
I’ve always enjoyed making things. When I was in college I had a part time job in a mental health facility, assisting the Activity Therapist who did arts and crafts with the patients. I absolutely loved it.Some years later, after I had children and they were in pre-school, I volunteered my family to be part of a study...a program to introduce art and science into the household of young children. We had particular curriculum that we followed and provided write-ups about the activities that we did and would discuss the program with it’s facilitator.
The program reignited my interest in making things. After that I signed up for ceramic classes at the local community arts center. From there, I went back to college to study art...my plan being to combine art with my Master’s Degree in Social Work and be an Art Therapist. The thing was, I enjoyed making art so much that I didn’t want to be an art therapist anymore!
Take the dogs for a walk so that they will sleep and I can concentrate for a few hours straight. Lol Aside from that, no.
Process. My approach is very organic and process oriented. I never start anything from a sketch or a plan. I may know that I’m making a mandala, or a piece of jewelry ...but that’s about it. I just let it unfold on it’s own.
When I taught art, that was the focus of all my classes. To just teach people that it’s OK to work without a plan....experiment with no end product in mind. You’d be surprised how difficult that is for most people, especially adults. They want control, and don’t feel that what they have been doing has any value until they have an acceptable product at the end.
I can honestly say that I work, or have worked in almost all mediums. I don’t have a favorite. They all have their plus points. What’s enjoyable to me is combining them all together (mixed media art), in new and interesting ways.
When a creative block happens, what process do you go through to get the creative juices flowing again?
The secret is to just let it go and do something different. Everything, everyone has a cycle. Everything has down time...needs down time. So does being creative.
I really haven’t given any thought to what it says about me. I’m not very “me” oriented about the artwork I make. I prefer to let the art speak for itself, let people establish their own impressions and create their own inner dialogue with it.
Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it a fear...but I think as an artist there are two real issues you have to think about. How people may misinterpret your art and what happens to it.
On a positive note, I hope that my artwork will help introduce people to some spiritual concepts that they may not have been familiar with before.
Be healthy, maintain a balance, keep my mind open and keep educating myself about new things. Not to let things become stale and uninteresting.
I grew up in the Midwest and moved to New Jersey about 12 years ago with my family. I’m a fine artist, but I’m also trained as a social worker/counselor and have taught extensively in the past (as described above). I’ve had my own business for quite awhile. Besides making art and jewelry I also garden, read and like to cook. My kids are both grown and very creative in their own right. One is an artist/musician. The other one is a fashion stylist. My husband is very happy being a business person!
I’m the manager of the Mind Body Spirit Marketplace on 1000 Markets.
I have shops on:
1000 Markets: http://www.dianefergurson.1000markets.com/
The 1000 Market site also carries my blog.