What medium do you use?
I primarily use traditional mediums of graphite and coloured pencil as well as inks, watercolour and acrylic paint. My work varies from illustration, painting and printmaking depending on my mood. But for the last few years my resolved works have predominately been illustrations.
What is your artistic background?
I’m a self-taught artist and have been drawing since before I can remember. I was nicknamed “Crafty” in preschool, with art being something that has always stuck with me. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2012, with minors in visual art and printmaking at QCA. I’m currently a full time Graphic Designer and creative artist by night!
Do you accept commission work?
No. I’m not currently taking on any commission or freelance work. I used to, however I found it took away from my personal work too much. I’m flat out keeping up with my own ideas, let alone someone else’s! I also just don’t have the time, being a full time designer, by the time I get to my own work the week is nearly over.
Do you sell your work online?
Yes. You can find prints of my work on my online etsy store or via staceymaree.com/shop
Do you sell originals?
No. Mainly because most of my early works started in journals and sketchbooks that has developed from there. My sketchbooks are most precious to me, full of ideas and scribbles that I could never pull apart. It also has to do with the technique I used in the early stages of my career. I would layer ink drawings digitally with layers of colour and mixed mediums to create depth and texture. So the original would be much different to the finished outcome.
However, my technique has shifted from this style and has become more finished in the initial drawing. Using primarily coloured pencil with an increase in scale, the works focus on capturing realistic representations. Which means the prints are most representative to the original piece, with only digital enhancements and touch ups for printing purposes. So perhaps I might sell some originals down the track… if my collection keeps growing at this rate!
Why are your prices so cheap?
This is a question I get quite frequently. The answer is, simply because I want my artwork to be affordable for everyone. I would much rather people have my work and it go to beautiful new homes of all social statuses, than it only be available to a select few.
Why is some of your most recent work not available for purchase?
Changing cities, means changing suppliers. I have not been able to source a printer that I’m satisfied with in Melbourne since being here. It is also a time consuming process between sourcing, proofing test prints and colour matching. I also carefully compare the quality of the prints against the original to get them as close as possible. I have either found printers to be too cheap and lack in quality or high quality and too expensive. I cannot justify doubling my prices and selling prints that aren’t affordable.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
My goal is to constantly work on perfecting my technique and skills. To keep up with my ideas and have a body of work that is full of my imagination. As an artist, I think it is crucial to be able to look back on your portfolio of work and see progression, development and growth. My work isn’t the same as it was five years ago; everyday I’m improving my technique, my skill, my craft. That’s what’s most important to me and that’s how I measure my success. It’s just an added bonus when other people appreciate my work as well!