Featured Artisan Spotlight: Sandy Waldon, IslandsOfTime
Posted by ArtFireContent on 03/01/2011 at 15:02:14
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
Could you really 'live off the land'? Well, my ancestors did. They were Native Americans. I was taught from a very early age to see everything around me in as many ways as possible. If you need something, either make it or re-purpose something you have to serve the need. It was this kind of thinking that fostered my creativity. I am a craftsperson, a painter, a seamstress, a builder, a singer, a writer of songs, poems and stories. I don't say this to brag. I say this because it is how I have been made. It is who I am. My ArtFire Studio is IslandsOfTime. It is stocked with original paintings, handmade crafts, painted wall quilts, art reproductions, and vintage items.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
I hope I am defined by my love for people. This is what I strive for.
What role does your family play in your art?
My family are my inspiration; my delight. They celebrate with me and for me, as I do with and for them. They are all very talented. I am honored to be among them.
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live in a tropical place. Florida, the land of the sun, and a few other less pleasant things like hurricanes and mosquitoes!
Where did you learn your medium?
I am a self taught artist, except for the lessons taught to me in my upbringing. I rely on my inspiration and imagination to guide me. I highly recommend making it a habit of reading all labels carefully. You don't want any undesirable chemical reactions during your experimentation!
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
I am most interested in bringing smiles to others. I want to share my happiness with the world through my creativity.
How did you come to selling online?
I came to selling on-line because it is the best way to keep up with my art and crafts while doing my job as office manager for my husband's business. He grows food for the nation. He's one of those vanishing American Farmers. I have been in many art galleries, but, I am hypersensitive to toxic substances, so other artist's work often causes an insurmountable challenge. The on-line studio allows me to participate.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I had someone recommend ArtFire to me nearly a year ago. It has taken me a while to follow through on that tip. I'm glad I did!
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
My best advice to other artists is the same as to anyone, don't give up and stay true to your path. Take is slow and steady, pay attention, and above all, integrity is the key!