Today, I’ve got an interview from Claire Skinner, whose photography and persistence are both quite impressive.
Who are you and where is “here” for you right now?
My name is Claire Skinner and I run Rocklawn Arts which exists solely online for now. I’m a sci-fi loving geek who got into photography as a kid so that the clouds in my paintings would be more realistic.
What is your creative practice and what have you learned from it?
I’m a photographer who also likes to write, create digital designs, build kinetic sculptures, and design furniture. From photography, I’ve learned that most people don’t look at things carefully or pay attention to the whole scene in front of them, so it’s a good thing I do. Earlier this summer, my dad remarked, “You’re making me see stuff I didn’t even know was there,” about photographs of the garden he works in daily.
Where do you find inspiration?
Most everywhere: plants in my backyard, art books, CreativeLive, architecture, visiting new places, looking at shadow patterns. Just holding a camera most always gives my inspiration a boost.
How do you overcome the creative barriers you encounter?
I’m working out a procedure for keeping up with archiving, evaluating, and post-processing my photographs as I take them, but there is an avalanche of backlog still to address. Breaking the process into small steps makes it more manageable.
I also keep track of what I work on and post it each week in my Life of Art SitRep series to keep me accountable and help reduce procrastination.
How do you regenerate when feeling artistically depleted?
When I don’t feel like shooting, it helps to go for a walk, visit somewhere new, or learn something. I also pursue other artistic endeavors to get my creativity flowing via different avenues. Sometimes it’s just nice to take a break though.
What does success look like to you?
Greater exposure for my photography. A studio and workshop, the ability to financially sustain the space and tools needed to pursue all of my creative impulses.
What do you want people to know about you and your work?
Through September 10, 2011, I’m donating 50% of my proceeds from Rocklawn Arts on Zazzle to 50 for 50, Colleen Wainwright‘s amazing fundraiser for WriteGirl: a nonprofit for teen girls with a 10-year-long, 100% success rate of sending their seniors to college. My photographs and designs are available on a wide variety of cool gifts: cards, prints, postage, mugs, magnets, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch cases, Keds sneakers, and other delightful sundries.
Please help spread the word!