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Abril Andrade Griffith

Artist's Interview

How long have you been creating?
I been creating for as long as i can remember,Thanks to my very supportive mother, who never put any limits on my creativity and imagination, I was exposed to art books and became fascinated with drawing what I could capture from them.
What, besides your art, brings you creative fulfillment?
I love to play with clay i been doing it for a couple of years now and i learn as i go. Photoshop is one of my favorite things to do, i like to modified pictures of my paintings, i take hours just changing things to see how they look.
What are your motivations for creating?
I been ask this questions many times and i never have a good answer, i really don't know what motivates me to paint, i just love picking up a pencil and sketching my next painting,doing research to plan my next piece, i enjoy painting every waking hour, is one of the things that i will ever get bored of doing.One thing I'm sure about , I'm obsessed with eyes! as u can see on all my paintings.
How do you know when a piece you have been working on is done?
I look at it from different views , close up , from far away, do some touch ups here and there, and its DONE! I also ask my husband ?so what do u think? sometimes he can see things i cant and i ask for his opinion all the time.
What do you find stimulating right now? How does this influence your creative process?
Children books, toys ,work from other artist, tattoos.
Tell us a little about your work style: do you do a lot of projects at once? One at a time?
If its a big commission i try to work on that single painting as much as i can for as many hours as my body can handle, i get exited to finish a piece and i work really hard hour after hour to have it ready for my client. When i work on small pieces i usually paint 5-6 even more at the same time, i have them all line up and i start with the eyes, then i change to the other one and so on till all the eyes are finish then i go back to the first painting so by the time I'm done with one I'm done with all 6 :).
What are some of your artistic goals for the future?
One of my goal was to open a tattoo shop/gallery with my husband and we had the opportunity to do it this year so now we are proud owners of 2 Dollar Pistol Tattoo Shop, we try to keep ourselves as busy as possible. I have a feeling 2008 will be a fantastic year, with the coming of our first baby girl in spring, Publish work, Tattoo conventions, running our own Business and a few Art shows line up , we are as happy as we can be and we couldn't as for more.
What would you like your fellow EBSQ artists and collectors to know about you and or your work?
I take big pride in what i do, i spend a lot of time painting , it brings a lot of joy to me to know that someone likes my work. So if your looking for something different, surreal , full of color be sure to check out my work. And thank you for the opportunity to be a featured Artist.

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