Today I'm thrilled to be here with Trish Shufelt! She's an inspiring artist. I love her fairytale inspired artwork... But my favorite stamp of all time that we have is the unicorn! She's so pretty and versatile!
I've made a tag using Trish's Unicorn stamp, distress ink and distress re-inkers. Please check out the video after you read the interview I had with Trish.
What is your favorite medium? What style do you consider your work to be?
My favorite medium is graphite pencil, ink and watercolor pencil. I would say my style is fantasy, which incorporates elemental, fairy tale and classic illustration.
What made you start doing art and when did you begin your career in art?
I have been an artistic for as long as I can remember. Perhaps, my first coloring book and pack of crayons, or sculpting my first animal image in kindergarten. Art has always been a method of escape and a way to find myself. I am self-taught. I officially began my career as an artist in 2004.
What/ Who most inspires you?
There have been so many, but I would say my primary influences have been and still are, Trina Schart Hyman, Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, and Waterhouse.
Are you a full time artist?
In spirit, yes. An artist never truly stop creating. It is a 24/7 job in my opinion, as I am always gathering ideas from nature, people, dreams, books, etc. In reality, no. I also work part-time. My hope is to illustrate on a full-time basis at some point. I see books covers, tarot cards and all kinds of things in my future. Well...at least that is my hope.
What is your favorite subject matter and why?
Currently, I have two favorite subjects, Fairy tales, and elemental subject matter. Fairy tales have long held fascination for me because of the parallels between the genre and real life. Elemental imagery allows me to explore my relationship with nature, and allow her the voice she so deservedly needs.
What are your favorite colors to use in your artwork? Do you tend to stick to a certain palette?
I once had someone tell me that color was obviously very important to me. I use a great deal of color and don't adhere to any particular palette. In general, my favorite colors are green and brown, but that is reflected in my home. I admire artists that stick to a few colors and make that their signature look.
If you could meet any artist living or dead who would it be and why?
That is a difficult one. I've had the pleasure and honor of meeting Brian Froud, who is very much alive. He is a genuine and remarkable person. Very down to earth and sweet. However, he does have a twinkle of mischief in his eyes. As for an artist that has passed on, that is more difficult. I have always admired the work of Arthur Rackham, and often go to my library of his books for reference. But, I would have to say Trina Schart Hyman. I remember her books very fondly as a child, especially the fairy tale works. I think she was such an amazing talent and remarkable human being. I once had a very well known artist tell me my work reminded him of Trina's. This was the greatest compliment I could have ever received, and I was deeply moved.
How did you choose the name for your artwork?Inner Fae Creations...That came along time ago and basically, it means your inner faerie.
Check out the video made with the fabulous Unicorn stamp by Trish Shufelt!
You can find Trisha on the internet at www.innerfaecreations.com