Q: What/who inspires you and your work? Korin: Great painters, photographers and illustrators light my fire and challenge me to be a better artist. Krista: I find nature inspiring, as well as archetypes, especially feminine ones. I love folk art, storybooks from the 1950s, old Disney concept art, 70s kitsch, and classic illustrators like Arthur Rackham. My all-time favourite painter is John William Waterhouse, we had his exhibit in Montreal last year and it was absolutely amazing. Mia: I hate to use a clichéd answer, but it's literally everything and anything. I think the short answer is that inspiration comes from the way that I interpret my daily observations, thoughts, and ideas about the world, so whatever seems worth telling a story about at the present, will surely explode into a painting in the near-future.
Q: Where do you work? Korin: I live where I work. I have future aspirations of turning my whole house into a working studio and living in a shack in my back yard. Krista: I have a little room I paint in. My cats aren't allowed inside, so they scratch at the door sometimes to let me know they are unimpressed. My neighbour’s cat often supervises from outside on the window ledge. Mia: In my studio at home (in Los Angeles, CA).
Q: Did you go to art school? Korin: Yes, I went to the Art Centre College of Design in Passadena. Krista: Yes, and I'm glad I did. I have a fine arts diploma from Thompson Rivers University and a 2D animation diploma from Capilano University. Both schools are in British Columbia. Mia: Yes! I attended Otis College of Art and Design and graduated in the year 2007. But that was only the beginning of my art education. I think an art education is imperative, but I don't necessarily think you need to attend an institution (it's not for everyone). There are online resources now so that artists can easily gravitate towards quality instruction in many forms. The important thing is to learn as much as you can about different forms of art-making and about the world as possible, because that's what will provide the tools and the seed of content for your work.
Q: Favourite female artist? Korin: Jenny Saville and Julie Heffernan Krista: Emily Carr Mia: At this moment, I have a three-way tie: Femke Hiemstra, Claire Wendling, and Matsui Fuyuko.
Q: Plans for the future? Korin: I'll be painting, painting, painting. Every new show I challenge myself and try to paint beyond my ability. Krista: I plan to keep pushing my painting. I want to eventually move back to the forest, because I'd like to do more plein air painting, and I need to fall asleep to crickets and frogs again. Mia: To keep drawing, painting, and trying to come up with ways to push my work in new directions. And I'd like many more years with which to do all of this!
Q: Do you think the artist's gender makes a difference in the art world? Korin: Yes but I don’t know why it does. Krista: I think gender still makes a difference in the world in general sometimes, but I haven't had negative experiences in the art world due to being female. Mia: Gender has nothing to do with one's art-making ability, so I don't think it should!
Q: Why do we not see more male figurative work in Galleries? Korin: Not sure. I would like to paint more male figures in the future, but right now I am focused primarily on the female form. Krista: The subjects in the paintings really depend on the idea I'm trying to convey. A lot of the paintings from my first couple of shows were about things I was feeling, so it felt right for me to paint female figures. My show last January was about the fallen woman archetype with the forbidden fruit and deep sleep that's found throughout so many stories (many of them my favourites). I'm naturally very interested in feminine ideas. But now that I'm starting to paint more about environmental subjects, male characters have started sneaking back in ;) Mia: I'm not quite sure, because personally I find the male figure to be just as beautiful as the female figure (that's one of the reasons why I like Ruebens and Caravaggio so much). I can't speak for other artists on why they do or don't, but I find the male figure rather difficult to portray at times. Perhaps it's also natural for me to gravitate towards painting women, but I'm actually rather interested in trying my hand at more male figures in my work.
Q: Please tell us about your new work? Korin: Its dark, moody and painterly. Krista: These latest paintings depict fairies, which I've been obsessed with my whole life and wanted to paint more of. Fey creatures like pixies, mermaids, dryads, naiads and apple tree men represent our connection with the environment, and our respect for it. Blackwater was the first painting I made for this show; I was working on it while the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was unfolding. I decided to start painting with walnut oil to reduce the plastic I was using, just to make some kind of change to my own life, no matter how small. To me there is a sense of sadness, but there is also a renewed resolve, and hope for the future. Mia: I'm fascinated with the fact that humans are visually dependent creatures, but that most of the powerful forces in the universe that affect our lives are invisible. Emotions, personal histories, thoughts, and ideas, for example, are all intangible and invisible to our physical eyes, but we cannot deny their reality. That is the idea behind all of the complexity and detail in my work - if everything that is invisible in the world could suddenly take a physical shape, then we would see so much more about who we really are as individuals. With each piece in this show, I've focused on darkness and light, 'seeing' with our other senses, and the interplay between what is visible and invisible. For further info contact firstname.lastname@example.org