Issue four of this year’s The Decorative Painter magazine is in production and will be mailed to all active SDP members in November. Over the next several weeks, we will get to know some of the artists whose projects will be featured in the upcoming issue. Throughout this series, you will learn about their art and inspiration, and what you can expect from their projects. This week, meet Elaine Law CDA!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m the proud mother of five very accomplished children and the grandmother of 10 grandchildren who (I’m so proud to say) are following the art field in graphic art, architecture, drafting, camera movie work, photography and computer game programming. Also, I have five great-grandchildren and hope to lead them onto art too.
When did you start painting?
I started painting when I was in grade school. Then, I went to college and received degrees in graphic art, interior design and fine art.
Who is your favorite decorative painting teacher?
Sherry Nelson MDA has been my mentor because of her expertise and my love of painting birds.
How did you learn about SDP and how long have you been a member?
I learned about SDP at my very first convention in the early1970s. I found SDP could offer great painting lessons for all calibers of painters. I believe I joined shortly after then.
What do you love most about painting?
I love how therapeutic it is, and the challenge offered by being able to paint whatever I see.
What are your favorite medium and surface to paint?
My favorite medium is acrylic paint because it dries so fast. I usually paint on canvas.
Can you give us a preview of what readers will learn from your project in The Decorative Painter?
I hope everyone will be able to learn how to paint realistically and truly enjoy my adaptation of birds.
What value do you put on submitting projects to The Decorative Painter?
It’s an opportunity to impart some knowledge to others about the joy and other benefits of painting.
When you’re not painting, what can we find you doing?
I like spending time with my family and attending garage sales looking for new surfaces. Sometimes, I go for rides and take pictures of the scenery and old barns.
What is your best advice for beginner painters?
Find a teacher whose work you like and enjoy the feeling of learning something new and exciting. Practice, practice, practice, and never give up. With an open mind, you will learn something new every time.
Why did you pursue SDP’s Certification program? Why would you recommend a fellow artist get Certified?
I pursued the Certification program to have a jury of my peers tell me whether I was on the right track in learning decorative art. When I got my Certification, it was really is a boost to my moral. I would recommend it to anyone for the same reason. Even a negative critic should not get you down; use it as a learning experience and motivation to excel.
Stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post where we will meet Heleen Van der Haar!