De­cem­ber Artist Spot­light: Q&A with Gina Dell

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

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.

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