Welcome back! Every week we issue a new installment of our Q&A chat with each of our featured Grotto Gallery artists for the "Escape the Madness" exhibit which runs through January 12th.
This is our 11th Installment in the series, and today, we talk to Steph Peters, from Mesa, Arizona.
You can also learn more about Steph in an earlier installment here: Meet Steph Peters.
GG: The biggest art-repreneur challenge that you face currently?
Steph: Being discouraged. Every artist will face rejection and sometimes a rejection will come from an opportunity that you feel is perfect for you. And when you get that rejection, you feel like you aren’t good enough.... Ultimately, you are discouraged and struggle to move forward.
So instead of feeling all the negativity, I’m learning to just move past it and look at the experience from a different perspective – the opportunity wasn’t right for me. And now I’m free for better and more appropriate adventures ahead.
GG: Tricks you use to carve out productive time in your studio/shop?
Steph: Don’t underestimate the power of sketching time. Work out ideas before you approach the final piece.
GG: A little fun-fact that many people may not know about you or your work or your creative process?
Steph: I spend a lot of time learning about and experiencing the animals I draw – Usually, I experience the animal first hand – usually in the wild but sometimes I get all excited about a creature I’ve seen at the zoo, aquarium, etc. Then, I go learn all about them in any way I can (books, on the internet, documentaries, etc.)
So I [often] end up with some [obscure] knowledge and facts about the animals I’m inspired by. Usually it’s scientific facts but sometimes I go down a rabbit hole and get all into how the creature is appreciated in different cultures, religions, etc.
It’s pretty interesting how certain animals, like elk, can have so many different meanings and relationships with people over the course of history and as cultures change.
Happy Making! Surround yourself with beauty & art...