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Look Who’s Talking: Artsy Women

Raven Wynd

Artistic Medium
“While my primary income for 26 years has been tattoos, I have always included other art forms in my life, including pencil, ink, paint, welding, as well as various other things I’ve delved into out of pure curiosity. I believe that different art forms play off of each other.”

What do you love about being an artist?
“I love being able to help people make their visions come true. I’m part of helping people reclaim their bodies – from surgery, scars, things they had no control over. I help them express themselves…a moment of emotion, captured on their body forever. I also love the way my skill has grown and developed over the years.”

What inspires you both personally and artistically?
“My clients inspire me. 90% of the things I’ve done in the tattoo world I wouldn’t have done without their push and inspiration. I watch what other tattoo artists do online or in magazines (Guy Aitchinson, Jeff Gogue and others), not so that I can copy them, but to push myself not settle for the easiest. I also recommend watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk where she explains that inspiration comes in waves and it’s each individual’s choice to ride that wave or return to life as usual.”

Do you have any tips for nurturing the creative spark in each of us?
“Read, set up your stuff, get your solitude & your music- & express yourself. I keep a sketch book by me all the time. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun.”

Tattooraven@sbcglobal.net | 208 W. Allegan, Otsego, MI 49078 | (269) 694-4278

Nathifa Sligh

Artistic Medium
“I am a mixed media artist so I use a lot of different products to create art. I must say though, that I love paper and use it a lot in my work. I also love heavy body acrylic paints. There is just something about the consistency that brings me joy.”

What do you love about being an artist?
“I feel I’ve been granted the opportunity to share a viewpoint with the world in a very visual way. It’s such an important task and one that I take seriously. I love that I can become a mouthpiece, in a sense, for people. To help them speak without speaking about their issues or even process through their life experiences. To me, that is powerful and I love that I get to do that for people..”

What inspires you both personally and artistically?
“I am very inspired by the stories of people; their life experiences, joys, sorrows, and journeys. I think the thing that inspires me the most though is the person who needs encouragement. That is where my heart is. I absolutely love to bring them comfort and peace and let them know that they are loved and not forgotten.”

Do you have any tips for nurturing the creative spark in each of us?
“Practice every day or as much as you can and daydream a lot.”

www.juicychristians.com | hello@juicychristians.com

Lisa Beams

Artistic Medium
“I am a potter. I work with stoneware, and primarily make functional pottery. I began taking classes while in Pharmacy School at Ohio Northern University. After a 27 year break from having my hands in the clay to work as a hospital pharmacist and at-home mom, I signed up for a ceramics class at KVCC and I was hooked!”

What do you love about being an artist?
“I love balancing the creativity with my background in science by experimenting. For me, a good part of the excitement lies in the process and the discovery. I’ve always enjoyed art and making things, and I think this is a way of being true to my practical nature as well as my creative side. It is such a pleasure to be able to make something for others to use and enjoy. I particularly like to work with the clay through low-relief carving. I work from photographs, found patterns and my imagination to create the design then draw, carve, finish, glaze and fire the work. Even though these pieces are very time intensive (usually 6-20 hours per piece) I find the work almost mesmerizing.”

What inspires you?
“When trying out new ideas, I draw inspiration from architecture, textiles, gardens and the landscapes of our travels. My carved work often features folk art from my Swedish heritage as well as plants and flowers, especially hibiscus blooms.”

Do you have any tips for nurturing the creativity?
“Take a drawing class to help you see everything in a new way – then go outside! Notice the light, the textures, the patterns and make them your own.”

Anything else we should know?
“I come from a long line of family that has always made do with what they were given. My paternal grandfather was a builder and tiled the family bath with all the cracked and left over tiles he had collected from previous jobs. My mom often built items for spinning or other crafts when she couldn’t find exactly what she needed and her dad built his own telescope from scratch grinding and polishing the lenses himself.”

lebeams@gmail.com | 200 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49097

Anna Wilinski

Artistic Medium
“I am a face and body painter. I transform people of all ages into living works of art. I use cosmetic grade makeup, high quality face paint, glitter and gems to turn people into whatever they (or I) can dream up. From small children to breast cancer survivors, I am blessed to be a part of magical moment in many people’s lives where they can come to me to be a tiger or princess for a day, or where they allow me to document their struggles and strength through body painting after a personal ordeal.”

What do you love about being an artist?
“I love being a face and body artist because it is so interactive. It is fun to see their reaction to the art when it is all done. I love it that people trust me to go with my artistic instinct and a lot of my body paintings are created on the spot without a lot of design thought beforehand.”

What inspires you?
“First, I am inspired by the people who want to be my models. I usually ask them about their favorite colors, themes or feelings that they want to get across. I am also incredibly inspired by nature. I love to look at flowers, scales, butterfly wings, water, fire, ice, insects and so on for patterns that I can use. I also love to look at fabric and pottery for amazing color combos and patterns.”

Do you have any tips for nurturing the creative spark in each of us?
“Just do it. Don’t worry about how it will turn out! Work with other artists. It’s wonderful to collaborate with artists of the same or different mediums because sometimes two minds are better than one and you can brainstorm new ideas.”

anna@jestpaint.com | www.jestparty.net

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