Artist Interview: Lillian Verkins

Award winning abstract painter Lillian Verkins gives us some insight on her life as an Orlando Artist.

1. Lillian what do you say when people ask you, 'What do you do?’          

I say I’m an artist.

2. How did you get involved with art?

After my husband died I went back to college, where I took a photojournalist class for an easy A never anticipating that I would fall in love with the process.  But it took 20 more years for me to fall in love with painting.

3. What's something that most people just don't understand about your field?          

They don’t understand that inspiration isn’t there every day. That  the muse is sometimes elusive.

4. What's something that continues to interest you about your work? 

Since I have no end image in mind it’s great to see what my hands and my mind will create. It’s always different.

5. What new idea or innovation is having the most significant impact on how people think about art?          

I think digitally created images and giclees are having a significant impact on original oil and acrylic paintings, because of the drastic difference in the price points.

6. What's an emerging trend that you think will shake up the art world?

I think the biggest trend now is the ability of each artist to show and sell their works on line via many different sites or their own web site. Also there are many sites offering to make prints of original art work, allowing the artist to sell at different price points.

7. Where do you derive your inspiration from?                                                                

My latest inspiration is from the Hubble space craft images.  I  wanted to create my own spaces of meditations and travels on the canvas fields infront of me.  

8. Please tell us about your training and how you transitioned to where you are today.        

 This could take a while. I received a BFA from UCF in 1987 in Photography/Printmaking.  I’ll focus in on the painting aspect of my life. In 2004 I saw an exhibit of Oriental Brush Paintings that inspired me.  So I started taking classes in that. Since I have bilateral CT, the use of small brushes and small images became uncomfortable and I needed to expand both. Experimentation led me to acrylics and the large canvases.  I transitioned from flower-landscapes-figurative-abstract.  

9. What is your state of mind when you are creating?          

Meditative, always is the present moment of the development.

10. Does your social and political climate impact your artistic expression?  

No, I don’t think so.

11. Are you thinking about the viewer’s psychology of experiencing your art when you create?

No.  Not when I am creating it.  When I finally finish a piece I will sit and reflect upon it.

12. What emotion would you say plays the biggest role in your art?            

I think its contentment.  But perhaps that is my own feeling which I am assigning to the painting when it’s finalized.