Artist Allie Snyder got in touch with me shortly after I moved to DC as she lives in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). It’s been fun to watch her grow as an artist over the past few years, and even though we’ve never met, although I’m sure we will at some point, she’s the kind of girl you feel like you already know. Her honest writing on her blog is refreshing.
What she says about her work:
I am drawn to the subtlety of barely-there colors and the glimmer of hues hidden between whites and grays.
My work is about remembering — exploring our histories preserved as subtle, evolving memories that manifest as a flash of light, a shadow, a smile, juxtaposed against the fragmented, frozen world of photographs — abstracted moments that construct a concrete visual history of one’s past.
I am most recently exploring a more universal approach to memory through landscape and abstraction. Continuing my thread of distortion and blurring, I depend on layers of paint and wax to convolute my images — a collage of invention and personal experience, creating a dialogue between the fog across an open field and the haziness of my own memory.
I asked Allie a few questions about her work:
One of my favorite quotes is by Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.” When I had a steady bi-weekly pay check, I had the luxury of painting when inspiration struck. Now that my livelihood depends on my productiveness in the studio, I realize I have to be much more strict with myself as an employee, putting in my time in the studio even if I’m not feeling so inclined.My “artist’s block” tends to arrive when I let other aspects of life interfere. I’m in middle of planning a wedding, and my fiance and I are in the early stages of starting our own grassfed, organic livestock farm. I am trying to be a better multi-tasker, but for now I tend to throw myself into each project 100% which tends to be rather inefficient.
At what point did you realize you wanted to be an artist as your career?
In my opinion, networking is the single greatest tool that has every young business owner must employ. But once those networks are established, the work is not over! Continue to build and strengthen genuine relationships. It is often as simple as just a quick e-mail, but I always make sure to follow up with my patrons. Social media is also invaluable to build friendships with fellow artists and other industry forces. Never discount any relationship — former employers, professors, clients. As your life evolves, always end things on good terms and keep in touch. I can’t begin to count how many opportunities have come about purely through these connections I have cultivated and maintained over the past few years.
All images via Allie Snyder, Amaryllis Truth Studio