Kristy Blackwell – 30sec film artists Q&A

Kristy Blackwell – 30sec film artists Q&A


Kristy Blackwell
Figurative work creates a space in which both the artist and the viewer may experience self exploration. The surface upon which she paints is the meeting place between the artist, the subject, and the viewer through a shared human experience. Inspiration is everywhere for her: in the work of masters old and new such as John Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Jenny Saville, and Benjamin Bjorklund, in the inquisitive eyes of her children, and in the faces of strangers passing on the street.
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What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone?

Paint. Nap.

How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?

I usually have a few lined up at a time. Inspiration strikes anywhere, but I’m fond of walking down to the lake and listening to the waves.

Do you collect things?

Art. It’s still a small collection but slowly growing.

How do you come up with ideas?

Images pop in my head. Or I see a person posed in a particular way that strikes me as lovely.

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

I have so many ideas for paintings and series of paintings. There’s time though.
Leah Ataide – 30sec film artists Q&A

Leah Ataide – 30sec film artists Q&A


Leah Ataide
Maker | Woodworker | Artists’ Carpenter Toronto, ON Canada | leahataide@gmail.com
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What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone?

Hard to pick a favorite. I prefer to do most things on own.

What do you fear the most?

Losing the people I love.

Do you have a motto or creed that as an artist you live by?

Comparison is the thief of joy. -Theodore Roosevelt

How do you come up with ideas?

Working hands-on in my studio and exploring the possibilities of materials.

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

A treehouse.

Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?

I started working with my father (a carpenter) at a very young age. I was exposed to an abundance of tools and materials but was unaware of their purpose most of the time. I’m pretty sure this shaped my curiosity and interest in all things carpentry/woodworking related.
Micah Adams – 30sec film artists Q&A

Micah Adams – 30sec film artists Q&A


Micah Adams As a child, Micah enjoyed creating maps while exploring his surroundings. Originally from Nova Scotia, Adams began his formal art training at CÉGEP John Abbott College in Montréal and later received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in Halifax.
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What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone?

Listen to music, do reflective things, it doesn’t matter what it is, it feels different, relaxing when done alone, but usually i’ll puffer on artworks.

What’s your craziest dream?

I have an reoccurring dream. It is a levitating dream where a large flat expansion is tilting and shifting and I am very tiny. There are large spheres slowly moving around me. It’s not a nice dream.

What super power do you want to have?

There’s something nice about experience based knowledge, so maybe I would pick immortality as a superpower.

What the craziest thing you’ve done when you were a child.

I used to collect beer bottle caps and other garbage. I values the bottle cap that were most pristine, undamaged. Or a cigarette package on the ground that hadn’t been ruined yet would be a good fins.
Sarah Carlson – 30sec film artists Q&A

Sarah Carlson – 30sec film artists Q&A


Sarah Carlson (b. 1987) is a plein air and studio based artist. She completed her Honours BFA at York University. Sarah’s art combines abstraction with representation by way of an explorative approach. From found and repurposed objects to time-based media, weathered walls and studio prepared canvas and wood, Sarah’s work embraces a play between the organic and man-made.
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How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?

I get outside. A short hike, or a rock climbing session on the Niagara Escarpment is often somehow the basis for a project. Extended trips like my recent paddle from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon with nine other artists from across North America are incredible fuel for new work. Ultimately, a space in time needs to be created for reflection and often that space for me is outside.

Do you collect things?

Antlers, feathers, rocks and gnarly wood found outside.

What’s the last great book you read?

No Ordinary Woman: the story of Mary Schaffer Warren, by Janice Sanford Beck

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

Having designed and created large theatre sets in the past, and presently painting murals for health care spaces in North America, I absolutely love working large scale. I would jump at the chance to design create public murals and art installations. Additionally, I love working collaboratively, and would like to intentionally bring this back into my practice more.

Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?

Both my parents are very creative people and have always encouraged and fostered my art making. I think the reason my painting practice is largely representational is because my mother used to take the time to draw landscapes and people with me as a child. I can distinctly remember doodling with her on restaurant napkin as she showed me how to draw the proportions of a human face. As a pilot and engineer, my father is a great problem solver and a highly resourceful person. His use of photography and video to document the family also played a role in my love for these tools in art, installation and storytelling. Finally, activities like camping, hiking, and canoeing have always been a part of my family’s story and have made their way into my work at various levels.