Meet The Let's Make Art Artists
Q&A WITH JESSE, SARAH, AND NICOLE!
Do you ever wish you could talk to your favorite artists more than just the occasional comments on one of our posts or live videos? Do you ever wonder more about who they are, their background, and how they got to where they are as artists today? Having a connection with someone makes all the difference!
Since we can't always be together in person, we thought this might be the next best thing to having a conversation together. Get to know watercolor artist Sarah Cray, hand lettering artist Nicole Miyuki, and art journaling artist Jesse Petersen.
We want to get to know you better too, so feel free to leave your own answers to these questions in the comments below!
Since I can remember. Art was always something I enjoyed doing and I think that is almost universal for most children.
I started doing art as an elective in middle school. However, I played sports my whole life, so as a kid I played sports more than I did art!
I've been doing art for as long as I can remember. My parents tried really hard to discourage me from making art my career, but I've always been a rebel.
My favorite part about working in watercolor is two-fold: the simplicity and the element of surprise. I love that for cleaning up I just need to rinse my brushes (I cannot tell you how many brushes I ruined in acrylic and oil because I didn't clean them correctly or fast enough). When it comes to blooms, textures, color changes—all of the amazing things that watercolor can do on its own for us—I simply cannot contain my delight or excitement.
It's a way to express yourself. When you can give someone something that you made, the feeling of warmth they feel from receiving it is my favorite part.
It fills me, it heals me, it gives me the language to say things that I don't have words for and I love that. I also love sharing what I know and encouraging others to create.
Art has changed my life in many, many ways, but I think one element that sticks out to me that sticks out to me the most is I have learned how to receive feedback and criticism. When it comes to art school, most of the time you create a project that (hopefully) you are proud of and then you present it to your teachers and peers and they give you advice on how to improve. In order for this to be effective, you have to set your ego aside and understand that this is done in spirit of improvement. I have found this to be extremely useful in day to day life and I am grateful for those experiences.
Absolutely. Art has always been important for my anxiety. It helps me recover and work through my problems and gives me new perspectives. I'm no stranger to hard times—‚Hurricane Katrina took everything I had, and now I am able to realize how important it is to capture the things you want to remember and how they made you feel. Art is a way to slow down and acknowledge time passing as it's happening.
Hmm... I played soccer in college. Oh! Miyuki is my middle name and I feel like a lot of people don't know that about me, My last name is actually Santo, but I didn't want to have an art brand that I can't use when I get married. (No marital plans currently, but a girl has to think ahead!) I also like that my middle name lets people know I'm Japanese.
My first job was at a grocery store called Piggly Wiggly in Escatawpa, MS. I just think it's such a funny name!
Let us know your favorite kind of art, how it may have changed your life, or a fun fact about yourself in the comments!