The following is the last in our four part interview with Jill Soukup written by Rosemary Carstens exclusively for Saks Galleries Cherry Creek - Denver, Colorado. The series has covered Jill's thoughts on subject matter, style and color, process and motivation. We invite you to forward questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our blogpage. Please join us as we celebrate the art of American Artist Jill Soukup at Saks Galleries Cherry Creek Denver, Colorado. January 13, 2012.
WHAT COLLECTORS, COLLEAGUES, AND STUDENTS SAY ABOUT JILL SOUKUP’S WORK
“I had such a good experience in Jill Soukup’s workshops—I took two of them. Her approach is personal, class size is small, and she helps each person understand what they need to work on and how to improve. She’s very giving and brings a lot of positive energy to her classes.”
— student Karen Roberts
JILL SOUKUP ON MOTIVATION
Q: Artists seem to have an inner life that drives them to create. Being a professional artist has many challenges—long hours, dealing with criticism or rejection, constantly working to improve and develop their skills, just to name a few. What is it that propels you forward, keeps you at the easel?
A: I believe the spiritual and emotional part of any artist’s work is largely about finding ones own voice—getting excited about subject matter and craft, exploring, and retaining a sense of play. For me, “play” includes investigating dynamic compositions, color, and texture. There’s something that goes on beyond what humans readily sense that I’ve always been curious about. Recently I’ve been focused on how art elicits emotion and the impact those feelings have on our lives. God, our feelings, and our actions are all interconnected.
Saks Galleries Cherry Creek 3019 East Second Avenue Denver, Colorado 80206
All art is available prior to the opening night gala.
Rosemary Carstens writes for several national arts magazines and publishes an award-winning online magazine, FEAST, about books, art, food, film, and travel. She is the author of two books with a third presently being researched. For more information: http://www.CarstensCommunications.com and http://www.FEASTofBooks.com.