For this Dallas native and KU graduate, Sian Hardie doesn’t mind that her young career is already going to the dogs – literally. When she completed her BFA in Painting, she never realized that her passion for capturing man’s best friend would mean her love of animals would reach new heights and critical acclaim for her work. While she is still in the infancy of finding her own style, one thing is for sure – her pet peeve isn’t painting pet portraits. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Her recent success creating lasting images of those special family members is making her feel like she’s one lucky, Chicago-style, dog.
Over the holidays, Robin B Gallery had the opportunity to sit down with Sian and ask her about her artistic life in this dog-eat-dog world. Here’s an except from our interview.
RBG: Why did you decide to pursue ART as a profession?
SH: It was apparent to me that I wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I actually decided to be a full-time artist when I moved to Chicago eight months ago. I went ahead and took the leap because I will never be 24 again, without any responsibilities other than my pursuing my passion.
RBG: Who are you most influenced by as an artist and as a person?
SH: This answer is very easy for me. My Mother. I have her to thank for my creative gene, as she was and still is a very skilled artist. It is not only her artistic talent that I admire but also her outlook on life. She has always had an effortless ability to make life so fresh and beautiful, whether it is the daring hue of green on her living room walls or her endlessly cheery disposition. My mom has no regrets, and I think that’s a wonderful way to live.
RBG: What motivates you?
SH: The end-point of a painting is highly motivating. As any artist knows, getting to the point when you’ve decided a painting is finished is not always easy. I will always see flaws if I look or analyze too long. I strive to get to the point that the paintings’ highlights and flaws have melded together to make a perfect combination.
RBG: People always seem to be fascinated by an artist’s choice of color and the symbolic use of it. What’s your favorite color?
SH: My favorite color would have to be white. This is simply because I adore almost every color, and white works as such beautiful accent to make colors pop.
RBG: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
SH: I’m not sure what my ultimate goal is, but I know where I might like to be a year from now. I’d love to develop a series or be able to take time to explore a singular concept.
RBG: What impact do you hope to achieve as an artist?
SH: I’d love to continue teaching as I had in the past. It would be gratifying to, one day, share all the techniques I have and will learn as a full-time artist.
RBG: What is the most rewarding part of being an artist?
SH: I feel so grateful that I’m not the only person that thinks my art is any good. I still have to pinch myself every time someone buys one of my pieces.
RBG: What advice would you give to a young artist?
SH: I think it’s the same advice that I try and give myself everyday, say yes to everything. Even if I’m working on a commission that isn’t my exact idea of a dream piece, it’s a chance to improve my skills. I have my whole career to pursue my individual artistic concept.
RBG: Who would you love to meet and what would you ask them?
SH: I’d love to meet Julia Child. I would like to ask her if she thinks I put enough butter in my cooking and she would probably say no…
RBG: Where would you love to live or travel?
SH: Well, I would live anywhere that is warm but I’ve always wanted to travel to Australia. Not only have I recently become fascinated with Australian indigenous artwork, but I also have an aunt and two cousins who live there that I have never even met!
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