Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month- KYRA ANDERSON - May 2022:
What medium(s) do you use for your art?
I use mixed media: acrylic, paper, pencil, and digital media.
What is your background?
I’ve always loved creative projects though I came to art making later in life. About 5 years ago, I gave myself a challenge to make and post art every day for a year. Posting it kept me accountable. It could be a quick blind contour drawing or a painting that took a chunk of time. The point was to give myself permission to explore and experiment, to finish something every day, and to build the muscle, the habit.
What inspires you and how do you get started?
I can be impressed with art that is making an intellectual or cultural statement or art that is technically amazing but what inspires me is anything that evokes a feeling of expansive energy and delight in my body, that feeling of aliveness, Oh, I love that, I want to make something that feels like that or makes others feel like that. It can be sculpture, painting, photography, music, film, dance, story, colors, the way the light hits a person’s face or objects in a room or patterns and shapes in nature.
Is there anything else you would like people who view your art to know?
There are two quotes that I come back to time and again. One is from Brené Brown: "Unexpressed creativity is not benign." The other is Van Gogh: "If you hear a voice within you saying you are not a painter, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” We are all creative. We all have gifts and interests that are yearning for our time and attention. We are here to remind each other that we can decide to begin anytime.
Is any of your art for sale? What is the best way for people to get in touch with you?
My art is for sale. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website, kyraandersonprojects.com