Q: If their were one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?
MM: The actor and art aficionado, Vincent Price. I would love to talk to him about his own art collection and his B Horror Movies. I especially love his Edgar Allen Poe movies.
“I’m extremely profane, unconsciously so, when I see something great for the first time; I don’t know why, but beauty and profanity are related to me in the same way. It may be that I want to think of art in the vernacular, but I have no control over what comes out of my mouth when my eyes take in great beauty…it might just be the reason I avoid going to museums with elderly ladies.” – Vincent Price . –The Remodern World Blog, article on Vincent Price
Q: If there were a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?
MM: To make my art faster but with the same results.
This painting entitled Oasis, size 36 x 48 inches took Misty 2 1/2 years to complete!! She says, “It was my therapy when my husband was at war in Afghanistan, and my daughter moved away to attend college in Kentucky. My health at the time was suffering as well, but I completed it! It is probably the only painting I will NEVER sell!” This painting is also the reason that Misty was awarded Master Artist status by the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society.
Q: If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?
MM: My technique. It is time-consuming but well worth it. Patience and lots and lots and lots of layers…All of my control issues are in my artwork. LOL!
Misty working on her latest creation during Art Walk, at the gallery. Do you see that tiny brush in her hand? That’s her favorite! She has been working on this piece for over 2 months already!
Q: What quality in others makes you want to slap them?
MM: So many, but it’s not worth hurting my hand. I just try to enjoy my happy.
Q: Art is so subjective, what kind of art is unappealing to you?
MM: Bad art. (Can I say that?)
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as far as your art, inspiration or career?
MM: When I first started painting, I was getting bombarded from other artists, telling me to loosen up, that my work was too tight. I got a great critique from Steve Dougherty, the editor of American Artist Magazine, he said that I should follow my heart and not let others influence what I loved to do and could do.
Misty is a master at hyper-realism and is especially drawn to architecture and signage. Especially anything that is a little hokey and involving neon.
Q: What is most important to you…the subject, the process or the final work?
Q: If your work was edible, what would it taste like?
MM: Fruity, sweet with a hint of spice…oh wait, that’s me!
Q: What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?
MM: Artist food- cookies, candy, really anything sweet.
Q: What is your most favorite piece of your artwork on display in Galeria de Ida Victoria now, and why?
MM: “Emerald Topaz and Garnet”, It’s a painting that I would keep for my own collection.
Emerald, Topaz & Garnet. Misty Martin. Acrylic on prepared board. 20 x 30 inches