Athena Hardison [ahardison]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I paint abstract art with mixed media. My primary medium is oil pastel.
What is your message?
There are no boundaries to what one can create; if you can dream it and put the effort towards the vision, you mske it possible.
Your biography in four lines.
I grew up in a small Texas town called Aledo, where there was little art and a vast amount of pasture. I imagined brightly colored cows and saw paint strokes in there movements. One day I put paint to a canvas and from that day I never stopped.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Inspiration is all around me; the bustling life, the decaying dead and mostly my own random thoughts.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
I incorporate photograph scrappings into my work. This began back when one would have many pictures developed that we're no good. But, today with cameras showing you exactly what you will get I have to purposefully take bad shots to cut up and implement into my work.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
No ideas good or bad until I have tried many times over to create what I envision. The result may not be what I expected but all the same something interesting or beautiful will come about.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
I believe a creative mind is hypersensitive.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
I believe life slowly reinvents me everyday and therefore my art is in turn reinvinted often.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I believe culture is important to the public whether they realize this or not.
Is art necessary?
Art is all around and as necessary as any other thing that creates a mood like music or fashion. Without art our world would be bland and lacking culture.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Absolutely because it's a piece of me that I can only hope the buyer appreciates as much as I do.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
There is a guide in the artists mind for each next direction the piece will move towards. The painting has already been completed in the artists mind.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Experient and find your medium. Never give up on your passion and ignore cynics. You have the dream, use your ability to make it exist.
Fort Worth, United States