Posing questions for local artist Annie Clavel

 Annie Clavel

Annie Clavel


Cory Bilicko
Managing Editor

In 100 words or less, what you do as an artist?
I’m an abstract painter. My preferred media are watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. I love color and movement.

What motivates you to create art?
My current feelings. I love to bring to life short stories I have in my head by painting on canvas or paper.

How has your practice changed over time?
I am influenced by Asian art as my father was half-Vietnamese. I like to simplify my composition.

 “Climax,” acrylic on canvas

“Climax,” acrylic on canvas

Do you ever get artist’s block? If so, how do you combat it?
It can happen when I feel depressed. I combat it by painting small watercolors.

What do you think your life would be like if, for some reason, you could no longer create art?
Difficult to imagine. Life would be boring.

What role does the artist have in society?
If I knew the answer, I very likely wouldn’t be an artist myself.

 “Flight,” watercolor on Yupo paper

“Flight,” watercolor on Yupo paper

How do you feel when people ask you to explain the meaning of your art?
I’m not comfortable with it. It’s very personal. I don’t want to share about it except if the person asking is a close friend.

Have you ever been banned or censored to any degree as an artist? If so, how did you react? If not, how do you think you would react in that situation?

Never. I would react violently.

Does your artistic life ever get lonely? If so, what do you do to counteract it?
Yes, sometimes. I wait.

What do you hope to achieve with your art?
Personal achievement.

 “Departure,” acrylic on linen

“Departure,” acrylic on linen

What are one or two primary areas of fear for you as an artist?
Not being able to express my feelings properly.

What are one or two factors that, when they’re in place, enable you to really flourish artistically?

Having to prepare many artistic events.

What jobs have you had other than being an artist?
Mathematics teacher and marketing in an IT company.

What’s your favorite color?
Blue.

To view more of Clavel’s work, visit annieclavel.com .

Culture, Imitating Life

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