I am so delighted to be able to start the weekend off with this interview with the fascinating and talented fantasy artist,
Who is, "insert your name here"? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Julieann Rose St-Onge. I am retired from working, and on a disablity pension. I stay at home and work. I paint beautiful Fantasy art. I am also a writer. I write children's novels, plus I am a published poet. I love doing crafts of all sorts, making many beautiful things. I'm very creative,always creating something new,like faery houses,faery wands,or little faery dolls to name a few. I really enjoy the out doors and spend a lot of my time in my flower beds and garden. I also enjoy fishing..I have caught a lot of salmon in my time.
I have one very beautiful daughter who is also a published writer, and one grand daughter who I cherish. I'm very Close with my family and friends.
I live in the beautiful mountains,a forested area close to nature,which I enjoy. My passion is I love the faery folks. I believe in them, plus see them too. That's why I paint fantasy art.
|Passionate Flora by Julieann St-Onge|
Why, and how did you become an artist?
I became an artist at a very early age, in elementary school. I loved art. The teacher always kept every piece of art I did. I continued on with my art. I'm self taught, never went to art school, just practiced a lot to make it perfect, to become the artist I am today!
|She's So Unusual..Cyndi Lauper by Julieann St-Onge|
You're also a novelist and a poet. Please tell us a little bit about your books. Would it be possible for you to share a poem with us?
Yes.. I love to write novels. They are children's fiction. They're about magical beings like faeries, elves ,brownie's, pixie's etc..about magical stones, that hold great powers, that have to be delivered to a great wizard before the magical stones fall into the wrong hands of an evil wizard...that would bring chaos to the magical realms of faery land.
Yes..I write poetry..this is a small poem I got published.
In woodland forests,many moons of old,
lived woodland fairies,who guarded gold.
With in there tiny hands,a Golden key they held,
only submitting to the pure of heart.
Then only would the key,they let part.
So if its fortune you must seek,
to woodland fairies,you must be humble and meek.
They'll sprinkle you with fairy dust,
putting you under a spell if they must.
And then if they find you true of heart,
only then,their Gold,they'll let part.
When you paint do you first see what it is you want to paint in your mind or does the painting and what it will be or what it will say, come to life as you paint? Where do you find inspiration for your painting?
Okay, when I paint, I go online and look up many types of art works. I look at a fiction faery, how the body sit or stands...take that and draw it out. I then look for Clothes, like gothic, frilly dresses with lace,etc.. I will look up jewelry..adding it all into my painting, plus adding my background scene. I always start with my background colors first. I then will sketch in my faery...or character afterwards, painting it in afterwards.
|Autumn by Julieann St-Onge|
What has been your greatest challenge as an artist?
My greatest challenge was getting a painting done for a painting contest I had entered. I had a deadline of only three days to finish it. I am a perfectionist..so it had to be perfect, Lots of repainting it over to get it just right. Yes.. I did win the contest! I was so happy and proud I succeeded. I believe in the Motto...Try and try again. Nothing is very challenging until you succeed in it.
|Elanora, Forest Elf by Julieann St-Onge|
Is there one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring artists?
Yes.. my advice would be. for you to follow your passion if you want to be an artist. Keep striving at it. Nothing is impossible to do. Have faith in all that you paint,until you get it perfect..Never give up! Anything is possible if you believe in yourself!
Is your art hanging or displayed in your home? If so, where and how? If not, why not? What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?
Yes, I do have a lot of my art pieces hanging on my walls. I hang up canvas ones, or add some to beautiful picture frames. I also have other pieces of art from some of my artist friends like Joanne Schempp. plus other art works of fantasy. I love art of all sorts!
|Dream Whispers by Julieann St-Onge|
"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.
I have a Beautiful Aura..Its very Colorful! I shine like A Golden Hue. Colors of a Rainbow,.. Purple, Blue,Yellow. Green and Red. My eyes sparkle like a thousand little stars that dance,my smile on my lips is soft like a red rose..My face Glows a radiant white.
Thank you so much Julieann, for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.
If you would like to see more of Julieann's art, you can find her at the following links:
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