What is the best thing that I love about my work? As a full time artist, I am in charge of myself. I am my boss, CEO and manager; I only answer to myself.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I don’t believe in perfection; too hard of an ideal to reach! For me happiness comes when I travel, teach, explore, create, play, learn new things and by being a good person.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear was realized in 1991 when my oldest son, now 26, was brain injured at the age of 16 months old. For me, it is a constant state of anxiety for his health and future.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I tend to put a lot of what I call, “self-induced guilt” upon myself and I spend a lot of time in my head worrying about it.
What is my greatest extravagance? Just recently I booked a Villa in Ubud, Bali, with a private pool and koi pond. I spent my 52 birthday day there, solo, and enjoyed every second of it !
On what occasion would I lie? I’m not known for keeping quiet and always find a tactful way to use effective communication as a tool to tell someone something difficult. However, I would lie to avoid hurting someone I care for.
What is the influence of role models, in my work and in my life? My role models are modern day artists and I tend to admire them for things that they seem to have mastered outside their art, such as the business aspect or delegating work to others. I need to get better at that; as it tends to overwhelm me.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I want my art to have a more raw quality, be less contrived and more edgy.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Any day that I can be in the studio, uninterrupted makes me happy. To be lost in my work, unaware of the time or not bothering to eat, means I’m very content indeed.
If I could, what would I change about myself? To be less sensitive about the little things that people say about me or my art. I’d like to be able to shrug off such comments without a care in the world.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Well I know a lot of artists struggle with their “style”. My style just sort arrived unannounced and suddenly became identifiable .
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Even though I live near the beach, I love to go to flea markets. I find that wandering around alone to be calming while looking at old items creative and inspiring.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I love going to a restaurant/bar in Asbury Park, NJ, called Brick Wall. They serve deviled eggs and amazing cajun grits!
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Besides my family, my greatest cheerleader is my best friend, Michele. She passed away from breast cancer a year and half ago and I miss her terribly.
Whom would I like to work with in the future? I would love to go on an international painting retreat with 2 painters that I love, Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick.
What project, in the nearby future, am I looking forward to work on? I’m super excited to be heading to Perth, Australia in 2017 to do an artist in residency program at Chittering Acres. My project will be to paint the property water tower in my style. I am also bringing a group to Bali 2017 for a guided tour and a cultural immersion art project.
How can you contact me? My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and my website is keciadeveney.com