Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Fincher.
Candace, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been an artist for my entire life. As a child, my mother would say, “she loves to work with her hands”. I guess that statement was written on my soul because it is so true. I love to create. I love all types of art, but painting in watercolor is my most passionate love. I began painting in watercolor at a very early age and it is something that has always been part of me.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I paint almost solely in watercolor. I am inspired by the world around me and all of my art includes natural elements. I paint mostly insects and flowers. Several years ago I painted a couple of insects and shared them online. A friend later contacted me about a commission, because she calls her children beetle. While working on the commission and thinking about my friend, I decided to include flowers in the background and something just clicked. I had found my style and my niche.
I generally paint very small. I like the fact that a small painting causes the viewer to pause and often draws them in. I frequently see people put their face very close to my paintings to see all of the fine details. I love that! I feel that my smaller work often creates a much more meaningful, almost personal experience with the viewer.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
It is such a wonderful time to be an artist! In the past, I think that many artists viewed one another as competition and that attitude has changed completely. We are now a united family! I find it rare that an artist is unwilling to talk and share the details of their art. I am often asked about what paints I use or my process and I share that information freely as I would with a dear friend. We each have a unique voice and are so much more than our process!
Artists can be encouraged in so many ways that do not involve simply purchasing their art. Like and follow them on social media. Share their posts if you are drawn to a specific work. A simple, “I love your work” can lift an artists spirit like a hug from their mom!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I share my work online through Facebook, Instagram, and etsy. I love connecting with my audience on social media. Sharing art can be such a scary experience. Early on I was so afraid of criticism, but now I find sharing my art to be a huge encouragement. I have made life-long friends through sharing my art! Meeting other artists and sharing our experiences and knowledge has been a huge unexpected blessing to me.
Selling my art has been the most wonderful experience. I love seeing photographs of my art in the homes of people who have purchased it and the idea that my art is all over the country in the homes of strangers almost brings me to tears.
I frequently exhibit my work and always share those events on social media. I’m currently working on my calendar for 2019.
- Website: www.candacefincher.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/candace_fincher/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candacefincherart/
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CandaceFincher
Callie Beale http://calliebealephotography.com/