Over the years, we have had lots of you
ask questions pertaining to your favorite artists: where do they live, how long
have they been painting, what is their inspiration, etc.. Earlier this spring,
we thought it would be fun to do a Q+A series with GIFA artists so that our
readers could get to know them better. To kick off our Q+A series, we'll start
by sharing our interview with GIFA artist Eileen Power:
GIFA: Tell us a little bit about what drew
you into this industry.
EP: While my formal education is business
and marketing I found myself in a creative industry developing and selling
private label home décor to many successful retailers. This career
allowed me to work with artists and trend leaders across the country.
Painting was an extension of that creative life.
GIFA: Where do you draw your inspiration
for your paintings?
EP: My inspiration has always come
from nature. I’m fortunate to spend a good deal of time on Johns
Island, SC. The light is great and that wide beach provides an
expansive sense of space.
GIFA: Who are your favorite
EP: Kate Long Stevenson uses the beautiful
color and gestural marks I love so much. Two others I follow closely are
Yolanda Sanchez and Bill Fisher. I discovered both on NY art trip.
Their styles are different, but their sense of color draws me in.
“If I paint a wild horse, you may not
see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness”
GIFA: How did you transition into abstract?
EP: Ah… this requires a longer
answer. I painted floral still life for a number of years. My
family and friends loved them and they were well received in the
marketplace. Increasingly, I found myself losing interest in the work.
I felt like I was creating inventory rather than “art”. That same
year during a trip to NY I walked into MOMA and I could feel that little catch
in my breath when something is so beautiful and compelling it “takes your
breath away”. I was looking across the gallery at a gigantic Joan
Mitchell painting. I knew instantly this is the genre of work I
need to do. I’ve been working closely with a teacher studying abstract
art and composition ever since.
GIFA: Where do you usually paint?
EP: Fortunately, I have a great studio
space at home. I like being close to the work. Last year I treated myself
to a screen door which is open most of the year so I can feel connected to
nature. Painting is a solitary experience…. Just a woman, her music and
the neighborhood cat who sits at the open door and watches me paint.
GIFA: What are your favorite blogs?
EP: I start each day with Habitually
Chic…and truly miss it on those rare occasions when it isn’t in my mail
box. A local blogger I love is Design Indulgence. Sherry serves up
some great style with a healthy side of humor. Recently, I discovered
Artsy Forager when they featured the talented Christina Baker from GIFA.
To conclude, Eileen leaves us with a favorite quote from an artist that needs no introduction :)
- Pablo Picasso
Here is a peak at some new works from Eileen! We're expecting an arrival date soon, so be on the lookout!
|"Centered," 36x36, $1200|
|"East Beach," 48x48, $2000|