We had the good fortune of connecting with Stevie Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stevie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My earliest memories are of paint and paper, the feel of the finger paint in nursery school, the smell of the paint in kindergarten, and the look of my painting of a “horse” pinned up in the breakfast room of my grandmother’s house when I was probably two years old. The magic of a visual image, and the realization that I could make that magic happen has always been a part of my psyche. Pursuing an artistic career was not really a choice – it was in my dna.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am addicted to acrylic paint for its ability to form luscious three-dimensional forms, and I use pastry bags and squeeze bottles to apply the paint to flexible matrices like window screen or bird netting. The resulting paint-objects are flexible paint/sculpture hybrids that take on eccentric shapes hanging on the wall or in the air. Recently I am using faux fur and costume gems to add other dimensions of augmented reality. My practice has grown slowly over the years, starting out with abstract painting growing from my love of early abstractions by Kandinsky and other so-called spiritual abstractionists, the color palette of the Fauves, and my love of the wall works of Elizabeth Murray and El Anatsui. You have to be a self starter to be an artist and sometimes that is an easy task because I am just driven by subconscious desires to make art and other times it is extremely difficult when I get to feeling lost and unsure of myself. Being a creative is not an easy life but the ongoing development of the art and looking to new work is what keeps me going.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I live in the foothills on the edge of the Mojave Desert and the most exciting places to visit are in nature. The first place we would go is for a hike in the Devil’s Punchbowl, 20 minutes from my house, it’s a natural sandstone formation with a creek at the bottom, and the ranger there is knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and keeps bees, snakes, and a couple of rescued owls that like to engage with humans. Then we would take an overnight drive north up Hwy 395, where the high Sierras drop steeply down to the valley floor, enjoying the view of Mt Whitney and the Alabama Hills where Ansel Adams made his spectacular photographs. We would spend the night in Independence at the historic Winnedumah Hotel with rooms from another era after enjoying dinner at the Still Life Cafe owned and operated by a couple of French expats – she is in the kitchen creating mouth watering dishes and he takes your orders and engages in fun conversations. The next morning we would head up the White Mountains to visit arguably the oldest trees on the planet, the Bristlecone Pines, then continue over the mountains and down into Death Valley, and drive out to the “Racetrack” where we would observe the tracks made by stones and boulders on the dry lake bed: evidently when it rains, and the winds pick up, the stones move across the slick mud leaving tracks that you can observe in the dried mud, unbelievable and unforgettable! In the evening we would have a drink on the patio of the historic stone lodge looking out over a spectacular view of the Valley. On our way out the next day we would visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point on the continent, 282 feet below sea level. Circling back home we would visit the Integratron for an incredible sound bath, lying on mats on the floor engulfed by the sound of large crystal bowls played by two sisters from New York who now run the place, and enjoy the stories of George Van Tassel, ufologist and contactee who built the place – a 38 foot tall, 55 foot diameter structure with a dome meant for time travel as the design for the place was given him by aliens from Venus. With all our bodily cells rejuvenated we would arrive home with many happy memories.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My success is thanks to artists throughout history who have shown the way to magical images, but most immediately thanks to the community of artists that I am lucky enough to be involved with today. I have been involved in art making all my life but after returning to college as an adult just as a lark really, I was so inspired by my fellow students and faculty (hey Don Woodford) in the Art Department at Cal State San Bernardino, and knew I had found my tribe. Because of them I knew I had to go for an MFA at Claremont Graduate University, and from there my community of artists has grown exponentially to where today I am in constant communication with artists all over the world and especially here in LA . I would not be the person I am without the camaraderie and support of my fellow artists. Curators, gallerists, art writers, photographers, and art makers of all stripes are what keep me inspired to go forward. Sunook Park at AndLab Gallery, and Andi Campognone of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Susan Joseph at Groundspace, and the Riverside Art Museum were all early supporters, and I can’t say enough to thank the fabulous group of art makers in LA today, the people who make cutting edge art, make things happen, support one another, and incidentally know how to party!

Website: https://www.stevielove.com
Instagram: @stevielovestudio
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevie-love-13368915/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevie.love.735/
Other: https://www.saatchiart.com/stevieslove https://www.artsyshark.com/2018/08/06/featured-artist-stevie-love/ https://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/121357-stevie-love http://diversionsla.com/stevie-love-textural-wall-sculptures-blooming-with-color/ http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-stevie-love-studio-north-la-high-desert/

Image Credits
Stevie Love Quinton Bemiller

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