Courtney worked at a biotech company before she had her children, then stayed home with them for 7 years until her youngest went to school. She always worked on her art, but really feel in love with mixed media once she had her little one. She currently works as an instructional assistant at Centerville Elementary when she's not being a Mom and an Artist.
|Everything she wanted|
"I usually have an idea in mind. I often will lay down background on many pieces before I dive into a specific project."
I thought that was an interesting idea. I often find myself stuck when I am working on my art journals and have finally starting allowing myself to just do as much or as little as I choose on each page. In the past, I always felt compelled to finish a page once I started working on it. It's a nice discovery of freedom.
Courtney uses a combination of vintage paper, old hardware, tissue, old magazines and junk mail in her artwork. She also loves oil pastels and found objects. I asked Courtney what her favorite part and least favorite part of her artistic process is:
"I love the beginning stages when the unexpected can happen and you can see your vision playing out. My least favorite is the final touches (glazing, finishing edges, hanging hardware and photographing)."
Courtney also creates beautiful one of a kind sculpture pieces like these.
The artists that inspire Courtney include; Danny O, Cathy Nichols, Gennine Zlatkis and Sarah Wyman. You may remember I wrote an Artist post about Cathy Nichols a few years back.
Courtney sells her work through The Muse and will actually be there this Saturday, June 2nd for an artist reception from 5 - 9pm. If you live in the area, you should definitely check it out. She will have some of her new art pieces there to share.
I asked Courtney where she sees her future with her art and this is what she shared with me:
"I would love to illustrate children's books. I did just sign a contract with a licensing/graphics company to use some select images for reproduction and products. Who knows where this will lead? I would also love to set up a non-profit/mentoring program for kids to further their pursuits in art."
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Courtney and her artwork. To see more of her work visit her blog Finding Home, her Etsy shop, or her Flickr photostream. Thanks again for joining me for the artist of the month post.
"Art=Joy" by Madi