From sunny Southern California, we are honored to introduce you to Cordelia Ferguson. This artist currently resides in Long Beach has been making art for 58 years now. Talk about dedication and passion, this woman has got it down! Her vibrant spirit cascades on the answers she gave us on this All Public Art exclusive interview with her.
Learn more about Cordelia below and we're sure that she'll be able to captivate your hearts just like how she did with ours. Spread the love about this pure and genuine visual artist who is so inspiring to both artists and art collectors.
An Interview With Cordelia Ferguson
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Cordelia: My mother enrolled me in an art class when I was 4 years old. I was hooked. My grandpa spent many hours quenching my desire to learn to draw. He was an artist and believed in me. I went on to art classes at local museums. This exposed me to all types of art mediums to learn and all types of art. I continued to take private art lessons when there were no museums. This was all thru high school. Making art, seeing art, has been rooted in me from the beginning.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Cordelia: I feel that if someone looks that’s a win. They may like it or not, either way they “looked”. What they obtain is for them, not me.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Cordelia: I hope it is to share with people the world of art. How all the arts have shaped our lives and will continue to, if we have the arts.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Cordelia: If I had time maybe I could say 10 to 6 but, as it is, it flows when it can.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Cordelia: Art in the 21st century is exciting, open, growing, continuing history and documenting the times, as in all the previous centuries.
That being said, I am concerned the arts have been taken out of the schools and children are being limited to that education that was so important in my life.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
Cordelia: My advice is simple; if you feel a passion for your art, keep making it and don’t stop.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Cordelia: I would wish to share fun and enjoyment with my gifts.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Cordelia: Don’t give up! Lacking the confidence in oneself is the biggest detriment to expanding the horizons art can provide.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Cordelia: I enjoy cooking and gardening in my vegetable garden, I’m still creating.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Cordelia: The Abstract expressionist….Fauvism….. Impressionist…. and many more.
APA:What most often inspires your work?
Cordelia: Nature, life experiences what I see to me; art is looking at colors and shapes. I think looking and seeing is an art.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Cordelia: I would say not having enough time to do your passion. Then it would be color. Color I find is fun, but playing with color is a science and an art.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Cordelia: Just making art, doing it, creating! The finished piece of work.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Cordelia: I was very lucky, when I was 18 I was living in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. There, I began working at the only art and craft/galley store on the island. That was my first experience in the business of art. The shop sold art supplies to local artist and also sold their works. That experience lead me to work in contemporary art galleries in Venice, California. I went back to Hawaii, working for the Honolulu Contemporary Art Center and then became manager of Island Heritage Art Galleries, on Kauai, Hawaii. Somewhere in all this I earned a degree in Art: Art History. I have been in the art business a while. It is luck, who someone knows, and you.
APA: What is your creative process like?
Cordelia: I get an idea and start to draw. I keep drawing until I get the image I want to use. If I am going print the image, I transfer it to a block. I then start carving and let it take me to its finish. In my paintings it is the same, but I let the colors shape my paintings.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Cordelia: Leonardo da Vinci. He was into everything, plus he had a pet monkey!
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Cordelia: Helen Frankenthaler, I met her in 1990 at LAC-MA, it was a special reception for her opening. I wished we had more time to talk; she was very nice and interesting.
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Cordelia: Metal sculpture
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
Cordelia: Drawings, paintings, block prints…..art …a garden.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Cordelia: Why would I not try to do both? If you believe in yourself, all your work is great.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Cordelia: Georgia O'Keeffe
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