The Enchanted World of Susan Jamison, An Interview for Huffington Post / by Susan Jamison

Here is a interview I did for Huffington Post back in February to discuss my work and let people know about a talk I gave at Focus Gallery in Scottsville, Virginia.

Note to Self, egg tempera on panel, 12"x12", 2015

Note to Self, egg tempera on panel, 12"x12", 2015

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

What is your creative process? Do you rely on the Muses, or routine, or some combination of both? Sometimes, if I get struck with inspiration, I just have to create right then and there, no matter the time, no matter the place. Sometimes you have to manufacture inspiration. How do you see it?

I rely on the Muses, as in the visions that appear in my mind, but I also rely very heavily on my routine and my studio practice. I work both in my studio which is separate from my home and my large dining room table in my living space. It’s important for me to be in one of my art making places in order to focus on my work. The physical work of painting is relatively sedentary and tedious for me. It hurts my back and strains my eyes but it is strangely satisfying. The idea that an artist is suddenly struck with inspiration then just sits around happily painting while sipping Cabernet is a lovely fantasy. The job of an artist is really involved with looking, reading, thinking, editing, making, writing, and communicating. I do most of these things every day.

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