We recently had a chance to sit down with Demi and discuss her career as an artist, learn more about what inspires her and find out what she likes to do when she’s not busy being creative. Here is part 1 of our interview.
Eir NYC: Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Demi: As long as I can remember I've wanted to be an artist. When I was about 7 years old, I remember playing that board game "Life" and always choosing artists as my career choice. I don't think it occurred to me that you could make a living doing only art till I was about 21, as soon as I found out that was an option, I quickly made a career shift. I am very lucky to have endless support from my friends and family supporting my decision to pursue art. I couldn't imagine not having that freedom from the people you love most. Lucky might be an understatement.
Has it always been about paint, or have you worked in other mediums as well?
I enjoy a variety of mediums. It's always a fun challenge to work with new forms as I attempt to realize my artistic vision. Painting is something I've done the longest and is the easiest form to express myself, but occasionally I find there is a better way bring my visions to life. I have a band that's heaps of fun and a neat way to collaborate, I take a lot of photos, mostly 35mm, I enjoy filming and editing videos. I love clothing design, writing poetry, and then there is my street art. To be honest, I love it all, anything that is creative I tend to enjoy.
What's your favorite non-painting activity?
Surfing, which is why I love Eir NYC Surf Mud Pro
because I never get sunburned when I use it. When I am not surfing I always love good conversation with friends and family.
How do you choose your subject matter? Do you plan ahead or make a sketch before you start painting?
I usually have an overall idea of what I am trying to express, the subject matter typically comes out through the process, at times I have a backlog of images in my head, images that I feel could add to what I'm trying to convey, and I in these cases I work them in if it feels right. Occasionally I will make a drawing or see a shape that really gets me excited, then I'll make a painting or work or art off that, but I really like to just go at the canvas as freely as possible and just see what happens.
Are there specific colors or color schemes that you are always drawn to?
I love the primaries, yellow, red, blue, any shade of them really! I just think they are such amazing colors and endless shades!
Did you formally study painting? If so, what was that experience like?
I took art classes throughout my years of basic education but mostly was influenced and introduced to it by my family and friends. I used to really want to save up and go to art school but I'm happy to not be carrying that debt and still able to create.