Artist Spotlight: Carson Overstreet
1- WHEN DID YOU START PAINTING?
6 years ago.
2- WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The natural beauty of the South—from the marshes to the mountains to the rolling hills. And, flora in general; I really do love painting trees and flowers. Occasionally, I’ll find inspiration in say, a textile or a wall tile that I might see in a magazine, but generally my inspiration comes from nature.
3- DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY?
No rushing! It feels that I am constantly on the go. A luxurious day would consist of lounging around in pajamas drinking coffee and reading the newspaper with nothing to do and nowhere to be. Then some time spent outdoors. Ending the day with exceptional wine, food and company would make it ideal.
4- FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL TO?
Traveling someplace that I have never visited before would be my choice though a typical year includes visiting London, Bedford, Virginia and Hilton Head, South Carolina.
5- WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2020?
This past year I experimented quite a bit and hope to spend more time doing so in the coming year. In fact, the collection that I painted for Liza Pruitt consisted of bright landscapes—which I have always painted—but I took the opportunity to experiment with sunlight and also paint in high contrast using a more muted color palette. I always enjoy the challenge of trying something new and truly enjoyed pushing myself artistically for this release. It would be very difficult for me to always paint in the same style or subject matter—experimentation is what keeps this profession enjoyable for me.
6- TELL US SOMETHING THAT NO ONE KNOWS!
Before I started painting, I owned a catering company. Business primarily consisted of cocktail and dinners parties. It was hard work and became harder once I had small children, so I gave it up after operating for about 7 years, which, ultimately was the right choice for me. Actually, cooking and painting aren’t that far off from each other since they are both creative outlets. I guess I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to create.
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