"Mo is my nickname and I added ology because it’s associated with the study of something. My art is how I see and view the world and I try to spread positivity with my art that you feel when you look at it and hold it in your hands. If I can touch someone’s heart or bring a smile to your face with my art to me that is what it’s all about.
I'm mainly self taught although while in college I did take a few art classes that taught me the basics and introduced me to my love of art history and theory. I've been painting since I was a kid and fell in love with it pretty hard by age 12. I have always been obsessed with the cosmos and science and books about fantasy worlds and magical places. My art combines my love of all those things.
My background and career has always been in the arts and entertainment field. I have worn a lot of creative hats. Just over 5 years ago I decided to concentrate on my art full time, develop my own style and follow my dreams of being an artist as my career. With lots of hard work and determination I have been blessed that my art has been brought into people’s homes all over the world. I’m thankful for all the support I’ve been given when taking this leap of faith and for all of you that enjoy my art. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me and who I meet along the way."
What’s your preferred medium to paint, and why?
The last few years I mainly use acrylic and acryla gouache paints . I fell in love with gouache a couple years ago but tbt it was a rocky love affair at first , then I switched to acryla gouache by Holbein and it was the perfect match for me , bold colors creamy matte texture that pair well with regular acrylics. I used to use oil paints and I miss it , oils are a whole other world and I’m hoping to make time for them this year. Acrylics are a time saver and I enjoy their versatility.
What’s your favorite and least favorite thing to paint? Why?
My favorite is easy. All things cosmic and fantasy! My art is my escape and where my imagination can come to life. Least favorite to paint is probably flowers and hands, I need to buckle down and work on those more.
When are you the most creative? Morning? Night? Why?
Midday, I get up early because my husband goes to work super early but I’m not a morning person. The night is when I’m definitely more creative and most of my ideas come to me. I’m always jotting down or doing voice memo about ideas and dreams I’ve had, so then I can reference them for future work.
What do you listen to when you are painting/creating artwork? Why?
Music is one of my first loves I play the piano and the drums and music has always been a very big part of my life. My husband is a musician too so we have a lil music studio in our home. I really like a lot of different music genres from classical to metal. Probably the only thing I don’t listen to is country. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of 90’s alternative, pop punk and hip hop . It really depends what I’m working on.
If I need extra motivation then it’s total high energy EDM. My neighbors love me *wink* I used to listen to a lot of pod casts and audio books but I kept stopping to listen and loose track of time and an hour later I still hadn’t gotten much done. I easily get distracted. Music keeps me focused.
Where do you like to paint (outside of a studio), Why?
I really enjoy painting in my art studio that's inside my home. It’s laid-back and a stress free environment, I’m surrounded by some of my friends art, lots of things from my childhood like pop culture items my Vader helmet is one of my favs, plants, candles, its really very eclectic, just things that make me happy it’s my own little world. It was such a dream come true to get my own space.
When it’s really nice outside and weather permits I love to go out in my garden and set up my easel and hang out with my pup Fern and listen to the birds and squirrels. It’s very chill.
When you receive unsolicited critiques or comments, how do you feel/how do you react?
Artist are totally their own worst critics. It’s something I think most struggle with.
Ya know you learn pretty quick when you decide to be an artist and show your work that your ego has to take a back seat. Not everyone is going to like your work and that’s ok.
I’ve had a few comments that stung and afterwards I privately threw myself on my bed and ate a pint of ice cream and a bag of chips hahahah just kidding...well maybe. I’m pretty fortunate I have a group of artist friends that I trust and we bounce ideas off each other and give our thoughts on pieces we’re working on. It’s really the best to have that kind of relationship and support with fellow artist.
Social media trolls is another story and I personally don’t waste my energy on them. They are there to drag you down not help you grow.
Mo's Favorite Trekell Products:
Well that’s a hard question because I love everything Trekell makes and offers. It’s kind of funny, maybe 5 years ago I saw a lot of the artist that I look up to and admire were all using Trekell Panels and brushes and I assumed out of my reach. One day I was looking at my brushes and I thought it’s time I invest in some decent brushes.
I was going through brushes like crazy and even though I was only spending a couple dollars at a craft store I was buying them constantly and not saving money really and creating more waste (trash).
I finally went to your website and I bought a few brushes and was hooked! My favs are the Golden Taklon 6" Short Handle. I’ve been buying your panels and brushes ever since and couldn’t be happier with the quality and how well my brushes hold up. And I’m super stoked you carry Golden and Holbein paints!
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