I first came across Lauren Startzman (Fair Rosamund) during the Mad Tea Party. She won my giveaway. I saw her artwork and was smitten immediately with her whimsical style. Her style is colorful and fairytale inspired. What could be more perfect?
I asked her a few questions. Her answers are in red below.
How did you get started?
I have been doing artwork in some form or other for a long time--my mom is very artistic and always encouraged my sister and I to explore that. However, it wasn't until I discovered folk and mixed-media artwork a couple of years ago that I discovered that you can make amazing artwork without having to go to art school and do everything perfect! That is when I really started to explore painting again and having a lot of fun with it.
Do you have formal training or are you self-taught?
I am self-taught. I took a couple of art classes in high school but discovered that I much prefer being by myself and doing my own thing. And it is very relaxing! :)
What are your favorite art supplies?
Acrylic paint and canvas. I have dabbled in oil paint and some fun mixed-media techniques, but I always seem to find myself coming back to these two things.
What is your favorite subject matter?
I absolutely love fairytales, literature and history, so anything involving these things always intrigues me! I love painting people and animals, and I always try to tell a little story with my paintings :)
Have other artists influenced you?
Yes, too many to name! :) My creativity is always refreshed by looking at the amazing work and imaginations of other artists. I am inspired by so many other people's techniques, subject matter and use of color. A few of my favorites are Nicoletta Ceccoli, Vanessa Valencia, Emily Martin of the Black Apple, Tascha Parkinson, John William Waterhouse, my mom Joni Startzman and my sister Michelle Startzman, and a bunch of others!
How does each piece begin? Do you have an idea of what you want your pieces to become or do they progress as you go?
I usually don't start with a ton of preparation--I start with an idea which I sketch lightly onto the canvas, then I go from there! Sometimes it stays very close to my original idea, but other times I end up changing it as I go if something a little different seems to be working better.
Do you ever get stuck with your work and how do you remedy this?
I definitely get stuck sometimes! I have found that the best thing for me to do when I get frustrated with a painting is to set it aside and come back to it with fresh eyes the next day.
You can find Lauren's work in her Etsy Shop, Fair Rosamund Art.
Keep up-to-date with her on her blog.
I loved Lauren's work so much, I asked her to collaborate with me. You can find our collaboration artwork pendants in my etsy shop.