LINDA LIU

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

LL: Hard to say! My work is a mix of traditional and digital techniques, so people often ask me whether it’s one or the other. Personally, I would just describe my art as “paintings” because that’s what my pieces are comprised of for the most part.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

LL: Shower thoughts, good conversations, childhood memories, vivid dreams, and good meals.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

LL: When I start a project I try to make an index of visual vocabularies (i.e shapes, textures, colors) that serves as my aesthetic guide for that piece.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

LL: A sense of wonderment or craving or nostalgia…though I’d be thankful to hear any take I can get!

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

LL: As a recent grad, my lifestyle is currently in flux. I’ll be doing a cross-country move soon, so it’s a period of great trepidation for me!

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

LL: Generally, I think it’s a good idea to start out loose and explorative during the initial brainstorming period. Once you have a pool of ideas to draw from, it’s easier to hone in on specific ones and make a plan of execution from there.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

LL: Draw how and what you enjoy drawing, not how or what you think you should be drawing.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

LL: Those are up there in terms of importance, but so are things like humility & perseverance!

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

LL: Having to continually renew your motivation and passion for creating.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

LL: Having a “brand” or visual identity associated with me and my work.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

LL: Eric Carle has had a big impact on my work. His ability to imbue life and personal touch into common objects is something I strive to evoke in my art as well.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

LL: I think for some, “useful” might sound synonymous with “easy,” but to me, creating art using new technology is anything but that. Having new technology just means having new challenges to solve, new skills to master, and new standards to reach.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

LL: I wonder! I’m sure those in other career paths don’t have to think about monetizing their hobbies nearly as much as creatives do.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

LL: I like sleepy SoCal beach cities like Ventura and a few miles in-land, Ojai!

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

LL: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

LL: I’m hoping to see it not only on the pages of books and magazines, but also on dishes and textiles in the future!

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

LL: To me, being an artist is like learning a language. The more you practice using it, the better you will become and the more others will understand.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

LL: “The Bamboo Princess” by Wednesday Campanella

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

LL: Yummy, chewy, fresh!

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