Q and A with ArtShots Client Vick Idema
What is your favorite color? Texture? Shape? black_/white Texture? ~so many….one would be the smooth surface of a stone tossed around in the waves Shape? like a ginko leaf
What is your favorite art-making tool and why? I am going two different directions right now. I enjoy using the exacto knife ~ when I am cutting paper I feel very relax. On the other hand, I use charcoal and like the way it blends to create the forms and shapes
Who or what influenced you to become an artist? I can not think of any one person who had an influence on me when I started out . I have always created things with my hands which leadto study art in college (specifically fiber arts) It has only been in the past few years I have started using the human form as a subject for my art in cut paper and drawings. Analee Fuentes, a past figure drawing instructor, was a great influence. She helped to point me in this new direction
Name your favorite museum? I've been fortunate to see the Louvre and many museums in Florence but I do not have a favorite. One of my favorite exhibits was at the Portland Art Museum a number of years ago, The Artists Touch-The Craftsman's Hand~ Three Centuries Of Japanese Prints
What music do you listen to while working? I enjoy soft classical, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson…that type or just silence so I can hear the outside noise of birds, wind, rain….
Favorite snack food while working? I do not snack while I work
If you were commissioned to write a memoir today, what would the title be? Keep Reaching
Describe the peak, or favorite moment, in your creative process.The favorite moment in my creative process would be two fold. Having an idea run thru my mind, get that idea on paper andafter many sketches find one that is what I want; that would be the first favorite moment. And then the second moment would have to be when I am finished with a piece and I am very pleased with the results.
If you could have a conversation with any artist from all time, who would it be, why and what question would you ask them? I love the work of German artist ,Kathy Kollwitz (1867-1945). She looks so sad in all her drawings I don't know if I could talk to her.
A wealthy patron wants to sponsor a working studio for you anywhere in the world. Please describe the studio and its location. I have lived many places and have traveled a bit but I must say I love the Soap Creek Valley, where I presently live and have been for over 29 years. Looking out my windows and seeing the forests and wildlife that surrounds me is something I would not change. However, a larger studio with two rooms to work in that have heated floors and high ceilings to give me higher walls to create large drawings, would be nice.