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Artist Interview with Lauren Hoffman Mixed Media Artist #artinfo #artistinterview
October 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Artist Lauren Hoffman has made a home at The Fine Arts Company. In no time at all she became the curator, covered the walls of the store with her art, and made the front cover of Hagerstown Magazine. She’s a go getter that never stops. That’s why I was thrilled when I finally got her to slow done enough to do an interview.
1. It said on your Etsy store that you changed your college major 5 times before settling on visual art, what were your other majors?
First I was a biology major looking to be a marine biologist, then I changed to medical assisting, then graphic design and finally to Visual Arts. Visual arts is the one that stuck. (so really only four different majors)
2. What made you finally become interested in art and stick with it?
A trip to NYC to all the museums and galleries had me in awe of all the talent. Nothing has ever captivated me quite like standing in front of a beautiful piece of art. I hoped that I could one day make a person stand in front of something I made with the same awe.
3. Where did the name Artpoptart come from?
Artpoptart is a tribute to my only child, Kylee. She has had a long time love of pop-tarts!
4. Much of your work is collage. Do you use any certain publications and why?
I’m not picky when it comes to what magazines I use, as long as there are vibrant colors and patterns, they work for me!
5. Do the images you pick from the publications have any hidden or
Most of the time I’ll just stick to a general color scheme but it’s very fun to sneak little things into my collages that most people don’t notice. For example, there is a black cat in my Maryland flag, and if you know me on any level, you’ll know of my love for the furry creatures. Also there’s a Spider man in my Woodstock poster, kind of funny and unexpected.
6. What are some of your favorite subjects to make art of?
Animals, especially pets. They play such a big role in the happiness of people that it’s the least I can do to pay homage to them!
7. What was the best artistic advice you have received from a mentor?
The best advice I ever received was to just keep making art, even if you’re completely uninspired or unmotivated. This has helped a lot because it’s a rarity that true inspiration flies out of nowhere so I just have to remember to keep plugging along and the great pieces will eventually follow.
8. What was the first piece you ever sold and what was that experience like?
The first piece I ever sold was a picture of a pair of squirrels. I sold it online after three months of putting in 50 hours a week trying to get my online store off the ground. I was so frustrated, full of self-doubt and ready to throw in the towel when all of a sudden my phone goes “cha-ching” and told me I had made my first sale. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I actually cried tears of relief.
9. What are your future plans for your art? What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope to continue with collage for as long as possible because it’s such a versatile medium. I have one simple wish when it comes to my art, I hope it brings a smile to someone and fills a home with joy.
10. What would you like to say to other artists just getting started to help inspire them?
Discipline! Like starting any business it takes so much discipline to put in the hours and days it takes to make a living as an artist. It won’t be easy but it will be rewarding!
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