Featured Artist: Coral Antler
Q: Where are you from?
I’m from South Alabama, bordering Florida. It’s crazy hot there but beautiful. I’ve always felt out of my element there so I recently moved to North East Wisconsin last year and I love it. Everything is so different than the South, and I love the culture and weather change!
Q: How would you best describe your art style?I’ve always had a hard time describing my style. I don’t like labels so I guess I’m a bit of a free-spirited artist. I just do what comes to me in the moment. Eclectic has always been a good word for describing myself so maybe that works for my design style too. 😊
Q: Where do you find your inspiration when creating your art? Mother nature in all of her forms. I love spending time in nature and it’s definitely started coming out into my pieces in the last couple years. All of my pieces always can relate to the earth in some way or another and that is always my first thought when I start creating.
Q: When did you know you wanted to make a career in the art world?I’ve been an artist since I was a child and it’s always been my passion. I always knew I wanted to have a career in art and design. I took so many art classes in high school that I was often in AP classes by myself. I ventured into massage school, which is just another form of art. Then I was a street artist, a photographer (still am), and the art director for a magazine. Now I have many revenues of income for my art and I own a web design company. So I guess I never really got out of it. It’s always been what I’m good at and what I’d look for when finding jobs before deciding to work for myself. Now I have complete freedom to create anything I’d like!
Q: What does a day of creating artwork look like for you and how do you start your creative process?I don’t have a schedule. Like I said earlier, I just do what comes to me. So that means I only create new art when I’m in the zone, whether that be once a week or several times a day. I don’t force myself to create anything. I usually end up on Pinterest to get the juices flowing, then I wait for it to come to me and then let my imagination take over. If you are a creative type you will understand what I mean, lol. When it’s nice out I will lay in the grass and draw. There’s something about connecting with nature while you’re creating inspired pieces that is magical.
Q: What artist (either current or past) do you most admire and why?I actually have several artists that I love and I find them on Instagram. I love nature inspired art so that’s what I usually resonate with. Some of my favorites right now are Copper Corners, Hannah Adamaszek, and Kayti Luna.
Q: What's the best advice that's been given to you as an artist? Create what makes you happy. Art is about expressing yourself and is great therapy. If it becomes stressful it’s not worth doing.
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