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Ivey FitzGerald, Young Artist

Read Along with Ivey FitzGerald’s Artist Talk

Hi. My name is Ivey FitzGerald. I’m 12 years old. This is my second year of taking art classes at 1+1=1.  You might wonder where artists get their inspiration. I get my inspiration from Nature, and interpreting how I see it. I am motivated by what I see around me. My surroundings affect my art and how it turns out. I am also inspired by my dreams. Sometimes I have weird dreams but they can inspire me to use them in my art.

I like making art because when I need to get away from what is happening in my life, art helps me calm down. Creating art helps me express the way I am feeling.  It also makes me feel accomplished. I like knowing that someone has something I made in their house — that makes me feel happy!

I created the painting, “March 11th” with tape and stencils over a colorful underpainting. I used bright colors for the under painting because at the beginning I thought it was going to be a fun, happy painting. But when I started over-painting I chose black because 2020 was filled with darkness.

The tape and stencils make the under layer show through. I used a texture tool to add variety to my brush strokes. I think this painting has a wild, backwards, or anxious feeling to it. It seems like a storm is coming and the world is going to end.

When I paint I dont think ahead of myself. I just stay in the moment and I don’t have an image of what I want. I just do what I want with it. With this piece, I didn’t know what I was going to do at all. I started by making some big strokes and looked at it for a while, wondering what I wanted to do with it. Then I figured out that I should add 2020. My teacher messed up and told me to put the numbers backwards when I stenciled them. So I ended up having a backwards 2020, just like in reality!  March 11th is also when the world shut down for me. That’s why I titled the painting, “March 11th.” 

Thank you for listening. And thank you for thinking about buying my art so I can help some good charities like Montana Human Rights Network.

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