Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This week I would like to introduce to you Renee, from FauveStudio!

1. What is/are the name(s) of your shop/s?

2. What kind of items do you sell?
Original Painting, Custom paintings, some mixed media work, Aceo's, and smaller format prints.

3. How long have you been engaged in your art/craft?
Full time professionally for 10 years. I have painted thought out my life since a child, as my mother was an artist.

4. Do you consider yourself a hobbyist or a professional craftsperson?
I consider myself a professional artist.

5. What inspires you?
Music, dreams, memories a lot in the last few years. A lot of things inspire me and I find my emotions largely govern what I paint and why I consider myself an expressionist painter.

6. Please share with us what a typical day is like in your workshop or studio.
Typical day.. more like typical night. I usually stretch any canvases I need first, do the packaging for shipment the next day then start on my painting. I often paint until dawn.

I have an unusual schedule most of the time. I find I'm more creative and productive at night however.

7. What keeps you company while you’re working on a project?

Music...I usually listen to Joni Mitchell's and her Night Ride

Home Cd most often..I find it facilitates my paintings. as Joni said herself. “I am a lonely painter,,,I live in a box of paints."

8. What is your favorite 'task' related to your art/craft?
When I have stretched a new blank canvas. and begin to set up my palette for the painting I will be doing..I love laying out my colors and mixing paints. then when I put the first brush stroke to the canvas...well. it’s not a task..it's a joy!

9. What is your least favorite 'task' related to your art/craft?
Packing and shipping paintings. hands down..it's a lot of hard physical work to package the large ones.

10. What are some of the venues you use to promote your shop/ware?(Do you blog?)
I have two web sites, a blog, and I also supply work to a designer in Paris twice a year.

(To which teams do you belong? Do you use other sites? Which ones? etc.)
I belong to Boomers of course, also Interior Design Team and Gallery United Team.Also a juried member of WWAO (Worldwide Women Artists Online) and EBSQ+ I also sell on ArtByUS.com and ebay. and Overstock art auctions from time to time.

13. What’s your favorite book and why, favorite movie and why, favorite kind of music?
All Over But The Shoutin by Rick Bragg because it speaks the 'truth" about a world I knew growing up. Favorite Movie ... that changes every few years .. I love French foreign movies... So Big with Jane Wyman, I Remember Mama, Dr Zhivago, Amadeus, Moulin Rouge - quite a wide variety of genres really.

Music..all time favorite is Joni Mitchell. since I was a teenager and continues to this day. we have aged together. Also the Beatles, I still listen to all the old Beatles music. one of my daughters got me into the Red Hot Chili Peppers. go figure but I love to paint abstract to their music.

14. Would you care to share any 'words of wisdom' with other aspiring artists or crafters?
Work to find your own individual style, don't worry about what everyone else is doing(if you can help it) find your own unique voice and express it though your art or craft.

15. How did you find Etsy and Boomers?
I was just browsing the forums and saw Boomers and checked in.

Please leave comments on the blog for this artist!


Mickey said...

Great interview....I listen to Joni while I spin glass as well.... only I listen to her Shine album...over and over and over...but I also love Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Snakes along the railroad tracks, he says, Eagles on jet trails Coils around feathers and talons on scales... How could you not love Joni. Enjoyed the interiew

Precious Quilts said...

I have always admired Fauve's work - it is so vibrant! It must be wonderful to be able to work in peace at night when the mad world is resting allowing you to express yourself on the blank canvas.

Thank you for sharing!

Jean Levert Hood said...

It was great to learn more of Renee'. Here work is fabulous, I love it!

Renée Gandy said...

thanks everyone for your comments.

ZudaGay said...

Great interview!!! I love looking at Renee's paintings!! I would so love to go to a gallery full of them and see them in person!

AltheaP said...

I also grew up with Joni. Just tried reading "Girls Like Us" but it felt like a 500 page People article so I put it down halfway through.

Your work is wonderful, Renee, and I envy your energy!

Night Sky said...

I don't know Fauve very well, so it was really great to have the opportunity to get better acquainted through this interview. I enjoyed reading very word of it!

Anitra Cameron said...

Great interview. I feel like I know Renee just a little from it.

Beautiful, beautiful, wonderful art!

Diane ~Ever so Dear jewelry said...

I love Renee paintings, they're filled with life! It was wonderful reading about her. Thanks for another great article Brett!

Pam said...

So much enjoyed getting to know Renee! Her work is fabulous, and knowing the person behind the work is really nice. Terrific interview!

Rose said...

I also enjoyed "getting to know" Renee, a great article and a great artist!