What are your earliest memories of art? How did you become an artist yourself?
LG: One of my earliest art memories is of selling my homemade coloring books to kids in the neighborhood. My feet didn't even touch the ground while I sat behind my little snack table filled with hand drawn books. Kids would snatch them up and then I'd run back inside to make more.
Creativity was encouraged growing up which was a good thing because I didn't much care about academics. All I really wanted to do was to create. I got the chance to do a lot of that at age twelve when I began taking classes at School of the Art Institute (SAIC). Riding the Howard El to the city was an adventure in itself, and then I would enter this world of endless possibilities! I began to form my foundation as a visual artist through drawing, painting and sculpture. We were allowed to wander the Art Institute after class and I always found myself immersed in the art from Ancient Asia. Using nature as their muse, they layered details and textures creating a lyrical sense of movement. It is still one of my favorite destinations in the museum.
JC: I was always an observant person and I could draw representationally. So I received encouragement from others from a young age to pursue arts. When I was about 10 or 12, I was influenced by a friend of our family, a lovely woman painter. She shared materials, and described her work. She demonstrated that being an artist was possible. By the time I got to high school and then college, I was making art and then trained as a designer too. Read More