Stephanie Law is a watercolor painter whose work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.
In this episode, Stephanie discusses:
-Where her vision for her surreal underworlds comes from.
-How the things she paints have been on her mind her entire life.
-How she became interested in dance and how she merges and incorporates it into her art.
-The differences between visual art and dance.
-Working for companies such as Wizards of the Coast and trying to maintain her own style at the same time.
-The incredible shift that the Internet has provided for artists.
-The story of her first creative moments.
-Her realization that she did not want to live a life without art.
-Her advice for balancing a non-creative career and a creative passion.
-The power in setting a timeline for yourself with an actual specific goal as to where you want to be.
-How she tries to achieve small specific goals with each painting.
-Becoming a mother and how that affected the decisions she has made in her career and her life.
-Trying to constantly be aware of the art that you are doing and making sure that it is in line with what you believe and want to be working on.
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“I’ve always been fascinated by fantastical imagery, mythology, and folklore.”
“The movement and rhythm that I feel in my body when I’m dancing, I try to pull that out as I’m creating visual art.”
“But after a while, I started to realize that the vision for a lot of these games was not the vision that I wanted pursue for my own art.”
“I was never really bored. Just give me a pencil and a piece of paper and I was happy.”
“I realized that art needed to be a central part of my life and I could not just do it on the side.”
“Be open to all the paths that are branching out around you because there’s a lot more to the world than you initially see.”
“There has to be a conscious plan of action.”
“It’s tricky to constantly be aware of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it and making sure it is the art that is honest and authentic and something that speaks to you.”
“When you decide to let go of the concept that time is precious and that it has to be used only to make masterpieces, then you are freed up to take chances and risk. And that is where inspiration comes from.”