I'm so honored & thrilled to present this interview with the lovely Kate Crossley, who shares her thoughts & artwork from Cheltenham, England. What drew me to Kate's Photoshop creations is the way she plays with light in such a way that evokes drama and elegance. Her art has an enchanting air, and as you take it, you retreat to a place of intrigue and calm. And the delicate whimsy is a delight as well.
I'll never forget the day I saw the image Kate created with this photo of me; I was absolutely astonished! Thanks to Photoshop, I didn't actually have to wear a huge bird's nest on my head for this photo!
This piece is titled "The Bird Watcher," and was recently included in Stampington & Company's Somerset Digital Studio Magazine [Spring 2017 edition], and also graces the cover! Such an accomplishment for Kate, and I am humbled to share in the excitement!
And now for the interview!
Q: When did you know that you were indeed an artist? Was it at a young age or sometime in your adult life?
Kate: "I knew from a very young age. Really as soon as I could hold something I wanted to be creative. My mum is very creative and my Grandad was a draughtsmen and liked to draw in his spare time, so I guess the artistic ability came from them. I used to enter competitions and send drawings into magazines. Some got recognised and others didn't! I used to copy the Charlie Brown cartoons too and got really good. I loved those! I was very good at drawing but actually ended up studying Textile Design at college, mainly because I loved textures and colours. After college I hand-painted silk, mostly as scarves, ties, cards and cushions, although I did hand paint a wedding dress for a friend. After about 12 years or so I got bitten by the jewelry bug and hand made jewelry for years until I discovered digital art!"
Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration? What’s your favorite quote [or piece of advice] you’ve received from them?
Kate: "I think there are two people really. My art teacher at school was very supportive and recognised a talent in me which she nurtured and pushed. Then there is my mum who really encouraged me as well as buying me endless pencils and paper and other art equipment! Although she was and is very creative, she was never encouraged by her parents to go to art college and so she saw a kindred spirit in me and supported me in following my dreams.
I have two favourite quotes. One, which my mum sent to me once which is 'Don't wait for your ship to come in, row your boat out to meet it' and the other is on my wall at home, which is a Mark Twain quote 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Both resonate a lot with me."
Q: What are you trying to communicate with your art? What kind of feelings and thoughts are you hoping to evoke in your viewers?
Kate: "This is a difficult question especially as I'm still finding my style! I suppose I'm trying to express beauty in some form, but it's more than that. I want people to look at my work and see something beautiful but I want them to feel emotion too and maybe recognition and desirability.
When I see art that I love (and I love to have art pieces around my home) it's because I get a feeling when I see it. It might be a colour or a texture and the combination of elements that makes me unable to take my eyes off it or it might be something about the image that really resonates with me or conjures up a memory or a feeling of happiness. There might be a stillness to it or it might be just plain beautiful, but whatever it is it makes me feel happy every time I look at it. Happy that it's in my house. So I guess, all those things are what I want people to also feel when they look at my art."
Q: What artistic medium would you love to experiment with, but haven’t yet?
Kate: "I have tried many artistic mediums - pencil, acrylic, printmaking, jewellery, digital, fabric painting. I have tried mixed media several times, but have never really been able to achieve what I wanted especially when compared to some other amazing mixed media artists out there so I guess mixed media is one I would like to become more accomplished at. Especially mixed media abstract paintings."
Q: If you had to choose three words to describe how you feel when you create art, what would they be?
Kate: "Satisfied, happy, content (although sometimes frustrated!) But mostly satisfied and happy and content because this is what I'm meant to do."
**If you'd like to see more of Kate Crossley's digital art, I invite you to visit her ArtBoja Page where you can purchase canvas prints & more!**
I'm so thankful that Kate and I have come together through the Photoshop Artistry course with Sebastian Michaels. It's an enriching creative community to be a part of! So many photographers, designers, and creatives have united to create beautiful things. There's so much sharing of content and inspiration happening in this group. If you'd like to check out the course and join this inspiring community, click the link! >>Photoshop Artistry with Sebastian Michaels