This week's blog was written by painter, Jennie O'Connor. Jennie interviewed painter Whitney North of North Paintings.
How long have you been a member of Artistic Portland? I joined Artistic Portland in June of 2015, right as Artistic Portland moved locations. I joined because I wanted an outlet to share my work and be seen as an artist, and I wanted the opportunity to network with other artists.
What is your main focus? I have loved any form of art since I was old enough to hold a crayon. But painting with acrylic has been my main focus for about 12 years. The vibrancy of color and the possibilities contained in every tube of paint, the scope provided by every square inch of canvas, it all just lights me up and pulls me on through the good times and the bad.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word? I try my best not to describe myself with single words because I'd say that being an artist is about expression, not limitations, or about working around the limitations.
Where do you create? I paint almost exclusively at home primarily because transporting canvases, paint, brushes, ...etc. is more likely to damage my supplies than it is to aid in my creative endevors.
What motivates/inspires your work? My work is inspired by nature, color, animals, random suggestions from friends and family that happen to catch my attention.
What kind of creative patterns, routines, or rituals do you have? My artistic routines primarily revolve around trying to prevent my pets from getting paint on them while I work or to keep them from smudging the paintings I have set aside to dry.
What's your favorite piece you've ever created? I don't think I can pick a favorite creative work. Each piece gives me something that no other piece has, each one teaches me, or involves trying something new, or is an improvement over something I've done before.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a new artistic skills, what would it be? I've often wished I had skills in some form of 3D art, but I love what I do, and I wouldn't trade that for the world.
What do you like to do when you're not creating? When I'm not creating I like to spend time with my pets and husband, cook, sew, write, read, and spend time with friends.