December Artist Spotlight: Q&A with Gina Dell
Cecil County Arts Council: How did you get into art?
Gina Dell: I have always loved art since I was a kid. Just something I always grew up with. My first “published” work was a calendar picture I drew for my dad’s work. I drifted away for a little while then got back into it after my son was born. I went to a painting party and realized how much I loved painting again.
CCAC: What type of art do you create?
GD: I love to paint landscapes and works inspired by nature. My main medium is acrylic paint. This is probably because sometimes I get so excited about the piece I can’t wait to finish it and acrylic paint dries quickly between the layers. I like to combine realistic details with some abstract elements as well. I find these types of paintings more interesting to look at and enjoy over time.
GD: My brother Danny Gouker and my friend Alison Juna both work as full-time artists and inspire me with their work. It is great how I have been able to watch them as they have grown in their work, since I have known them both pretty much my whole life. I love Dave White’s sea and sky landscapes and have learned a lot from reading his books too. Beyond that I have many, many other artists that I follow on YouTube and Facebook as well.
CCAC: work? Who What are do your you artistic enjoy inspirations? about your
GD: I really like the process of creating it. Observing nature and slowing down to see all the wonders in the world around us. Then the process of transferring it onto the canvas. In this process, I really lose track of time. I find when I am finished, I feel refreshed. I have been so focused on the work that I forgot to worry about everything else, it puts my mind at ease.
CCAC: What is your favorite piece?
GD: My favorite piece is “Generation.” It is a combination of paint pouring and traditional painting. This is a transitional piece for me in that I used a lot of techniques I have learned along the way but combined them all together for my own unique style.
CCAC: What would you like to do next?
GD: I would like to get better at drawing and painting. I have so many visions in my head of new creations, but I know there is more to learn to really paint them as envisioned. I am reading the book “Drawing with the Right Side of Your Brain” by Betty Edwards. In this book there are drawing exercises in each chapter, I have been working on it for a while and I hope to finish it next year.